Throughout the month of June, the Library will be celebrating Aboriginal scholarship, creativity, and intellectual traditions with its second annual Aboriginal (Un)History Month. 

Featuring an exhibit at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC), Aboriginal (Un)History Month introduces ways UBC Indigenous scholars are bridging communities and transforming academic spaces through Indigenous approaches to research. It aims to educate and invite dialogue about (inter)relationships between place, recognition and memory. There is also an exhibit at the Asian Library, and book displays at several Library branches.

The month includes:

Engaging Indigenous Knowledge(s) installation – features six cases at the IKBLC level 2 foyer.

Place, Belonging and Promise: Indigenizing the International Academy
Curated by Dr. Shelly Johnson (Mukwa Musayett), UBC School of Social Work – Vancouver Campus 
(Case Label | Poster)

Being Well Being: The Institute for Aboriginal Health’s Teaching and Learning Garden
Curated by Dr. Teresa Howell, Research Manager at the Institute for Aboriginal Health (IAH) 

Year of Indigenous Education
Curated by Aurelia A.K. Kinslow and Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald, The Year of Indigenous Education

Living Our Indigenous Languages 
Curated by Dr. Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla, UBC Department of Language & Literacy Education
(Case Label | Poster)

Truth and Reconciliation in Canada 
Curated by Amy Perreault, Strategist of Aboriginal Initiatives at the Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology
(Case Label | Poster)

Raven in the Library at Xwi7xwa
Curated by Xwi7xwa Library


Indigenous cultures in Asia exhibit (Asian Library)

Iron Pulpit: Missionary Printing Presses in British Columbia exhibit (Rare Books and Special Collections, IKBLC Level 1)

  • Featuring materials produced on missionary printing presses in British Columbia between the 1850s and 1910s, this exhibition looks at printed materials in context of Indigenous-Christian encounters, colonialism, and print culture in the province.

and Aboriginal literature displays in AsianEducationKoernerIrving K. Barber Learning CentreXwi7xwa and Woodward libraries.

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For those interested in online resources, 

Posters are available as well (11×17) PDF.

For more information about Aboriginal (Un)History month activities, please contact Ann Doyle, Head, Xwi7xwa Library at

The University of British Columbia Point Grey campus is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. We thank Musqueam for its hospitality and support. 

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