Are you a new UBC faculty member? Attend the next Faculty Town Hall with SSHRC


The Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation, and SPARC office invite you to attend a Faculty Town Hall with SSHRC.


Hear about the latest information and resources available regarding the SSHRC funded programs as well as its future plans.


SPEAKER: Tim Wilson, Executive Director, SSHRC Research Grants and Partnerships

WHEN: 2pm-3:30pm on Tuesday, April 10, 2018

WHERE: Michael Smith Labs, room 102


Register here


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On April 9, 2018, UBC hosted a ceremony to officially open the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre. At the ceremony, Professor Santa Ono issued a Statement of Apology for UBC’s involvement in the system (see for coverage/responses).


The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre is one of two UBC initiatives that aim to capture the long trajectory of Indigenous and Canadian relations and to ensure that one part of that, the history of Canada’s Indian residential schools, will never be forgotten. The other initiative, Reconciliation Pole, was installed on campus in April 2017.


The centre provides Indian residential school survivors, their families, and communities access to the records gathered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). The TRC documented the history and abusive nature of the Indian residential school system that operated in Canada for more than a hundred years.


A second function of the centre is to inform faculty, staff, students, and other visitors, about the history and lasting effects of the Indian residential school system, and to help them to understand larger patterns in history as a context for thinking about contemporary issues and relationships.


Edited by: Karleen Delaurier-Lyle

Culture at the Centre is new exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology that insight into the “important work Indigenous-run cultural centres and museums in British Columbia are doing to honour and support their culture, history and language. Five centres are showcased, representing six communities: Musqueam Cultural Education Centre (Musqueam), Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre (Squamish, Lil’wat), Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre (Heiltsuk), Nisg̱a’a Museum (Nisg̱a’a) and Haida Gwaii Museum and Haida Heritage Centre at Kay Llnagaay (Haida).” [MOA]

The exhibition is organized around three main themes: land and language, continuity and communities, and repatriation and reconciliation, and runs until October 8th, 2018. To learn more, visit the Museum of Anthropology website here. 


UBC Seed Lending Library in participating in the Wesbrook Earth Day celebration!

“Borrow” a few seeds to get your garden started, enjoy a storytime performance and family friendly planting activities. Borrow picture books and gardening books from the UBC Library pop-up collection. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.

Do you have seeds to share? The Seed Lending Library is accepting your non-hybrid, open-pollinated seeds to support our collection.

Sunday, April 22
Wesbrook Community Centre Lounge

For more information on the seed library visit UBC Seed Lending Library or contact Wendy Traas










Now in its fifteenth consecutive year at UBC, the Food For Fines campaign waives $2 in Library fines for every food item donated, to a maximum of $30. The program began as a joint initiative to support disadvantaged members of the community, and has become an integral source of the AMS Food Bank’s food reserves to support UBC students in need.

Non-perishable food items were collected at circulation desks and then distributed to the AMS Food Bank.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s campaign!

Please note members of the community are welcome to donate goods year-round at the AMS Food Bank and Greater Vancouver Food Bank. For more information visit the AMS Food Bank website.

If you’ve ventured out to visit the UBC Library Map Collection in Walter C. Koerner Library recently, you will likely have met Evan Thornberry, who joined UBC Library as the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Librarian in July.

In his day-to-day, Evan answers reference questions, plans workshops, and gives class presentations, in an effort to provide support to researchers and students across campus in their spatial research. “GIS Librarians are the face of the library for all kinds of place-based or spatial research,” he explains. “I work most closely with our GIS Analyst, Paul Lesack. We tackle all of the map and GIS-related reference.”

Given UBC Library’s extensive print map and atlas collection, Evan also gets to handle plenty of paper maps. “UBC has done a really good job of retaining their paper map collection, and a lot of libraries haven’t done that. It’s likely going to grow in value to researchers,” he says.

These days, spatial research isn’t limited to the forestry and geography departments, with whom Evan often collaborates. Advances in technology have made map data more accessible. “Researchers in other departments are interested in mapping because they’re starting to see more maps out there available in digital format. They’re getting ideas about how to apply a spatial component to their research.”

To mark this transition, Evan started the GIS speaker series, Visualizing the World, which hosts talks by selected cartographers and other geo-spatial researchers. The first talk, which was held in October, featured cartographer Anton Thomas, who specializes in hand-drawn maps, while the second showcased research from medical geographer Emily Acheson, currently enrolled as a PhD candidate in Geography at UBC. “Anything can be analyzed in a spatial sense. I want the speakers’ series to illustrate that,” says Evan.

Talking about his own geographic moves, Evan relocated to Vancouver from Boston, where he looked after Boston Public library’s map collection through the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, a nonprofit organization. However, as a Western Washington University graduate, he isn’t new to the West Coast and is happy to be back in a city with a vibrant bicycling culture. He’s also started brushing up on his illustration skills: “I come from a family of artists, and I think making digitally hand-drawn maps would be fun. I appreciate the artistic value that cartographers give to their product.”

Learn more about the UBC Library Map Collection by visiting the GIS Lab at Koerner Library  

According to the 2018 University of British Columbia Course Calendar and departmental course descriptions, there are 6 courses, from 3 departments, not including First Nations and Indigenous Studies, that contain a significant amount of Indigenous content and are being offered for Summer 2018. These departments are Education, First Nations and Endangered Languages, and History.


EDUC 141 (3) Indigenous Studies (POINT, MARNY)

For students in the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP) only.

EDUC 440 (3) Aboriginal Education in Canada (multiple sections)

No course description available.

EDUC 442A (1) Critical Issues in Indigenous Education (TBA)

Post-practicum students will explore how a school program may need to be modified in order to integrate more fully First Nations history, content, and worldviews.


First Nations Languages

FNEL 480A (3) Endangered Language Documentation and Revitalization (TBA)

Critical study of the historical, social, cultural, political, and economic factors impact on language loss, retention, and revival. Research on and application of methodologies for collaborative, trans-disciplinary, community-based documentation and revitalization of BC’s Indigenous linguistic heritage.



HIST 326 (3) Canada Since 1945: Affluence and Anxiety in the Atomic Age (Borys, David)

Includes immigration policy; the welfare state; Aboriginal peoples; the Cold War; resource economies and national politics; continentalism and free trade; constitutional crises; conflicting nationalisms; and new social movements. Credit will only be granted for one of HIST 326 or 426, if 426 was taken before 2007W.

HIST 339 (3) The United States, 1945 to the Present: The Limits of Power (Paris, Leslie)

American military and geo-political power during and after Cold War; wars in Korea, Vietnam, and Middle East; domestic issues including McCarthyism, social movements (blacks, women, youth, gays.

You can download the course list here.UBC Courses with Indigenous Content Summer 2018



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