ab1 The Display for National Aboriginal History Month is up and ready for June.  Come by and have a look at the various books and DVDs related to the history and culture of Canada’s First Nations communities. 

“June was declared National Aboriginal History month in 2010, after Nanaimo-Cowichan Member of Parliament, Jean Crowder, introduced a motion to make June a month of recognition for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. The motion received unanimous consent in the House of Commons.

Aboriginal History Month provides an opportunity to recognize not only the historic contributions of Aboriginal peoples to the development of Canada, but also the strength of present-day Aboriginal communities and their promise for the future.ab2

Celebrating National Aboriginal History Month in June is a fitting tribute to the heritage and diversity of First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada.” (http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100013778/1100100013779)


UBC Education Library has selected a wide array of our collection, mostly geared toward the instruction of Aboriginal History to children, for the display.


For Aboriginal (Un)History Month, we are featuring our digital collection of the Delgamuukw trial transcripts, which document a landmark case in British Columbian and Canadian history. Click the link above to learn more.

ab-month_button_150x150Throughout the month of June, the Library will be celebrating Aboriginal scholarship, creativity, and intellectual traditions with its second annual Aboriginal (Un)History Month. 

Featuring exhibits at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC), Asian Library, and book displays at several library branches, the (Un)History month activities introduce ways UBC Indigenous scholars are bridging communities and transforming academic spaces through Indigenous approaches to research, pedagogy, and governance. It aims to educate and invite dialogue about (inter)relationships between place, recognition, and memory.

The UBC Education Library will also have book displays on the main level. One on the table near the circulation desk and another in the glass display case near the Reference area.  Photos of the displays will be posted shortly in an upcoming blog post.

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
  • Being Well Being: The Institute for Aboriginal Health’s Teaching and Learning Garden
  • Year of Indigenous Education
  • Living Our Indigenous Languages
  • Truth and Reconciliation in Canada
  • Raven in the Library at X̱wi7x̱wa

 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 EducationKoernerIrving K. Barber Learning CentreX̱wi7x̱wa 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, X̱wi7x̱wa Library at ann.doyle@ubc.ca.

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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