We sometimes get questions here at X̱wi7x̱wa Library about our building’s architecture. For a brief overview of the Indigenous architectural inspiration for the library, see the “Our Building” tab on our website’s “About” page https://XX̱wi7x̱wa.library.ubc.ca/about/. The story of the design process behind the Longhouse and  X̱wi7x̱wa Library might be of interest to some of you as well.

 

A brief history

The origins of X̱wi7x̱wa Library’s collection date back to 1970 with the creation of the Indian Education Resources Centre, a forerunner of NITEP (now the Indigenous Teacher Education Program). In 1987, the First Nations House of Learning (FNHL), which included the NITEP resource collection, was established. Under the visionary leadership of Verna Kirkness, FNHL’s major priority was to establish a permanent building on campus, what Kirkness described as “a home of our own.”

 

Beginning in the fall of 1988, Kirkness began meeting with groups of students, staff and Elders to hear their ideas about a longhouse on campus. When Jack Bell donated $1 million in 1989 to be put towards First Nations initiatives at UBC, the First Nations House of Learning Advisory Committee and the Native Indian Education Advisory Committee unanimously agreed that the money should be put towards the construction of a longhouse. To help spearhead the project, Kirkness established a building committee consisting of Elders, students, faculty and staff; Kirkness has noted the particularly important role that the Elders on this committee played in leading the building project. One of the building committee’s first tasks was to choose an architectural firm, with Larry McFarland Architects ultimately being selected given their previous experience on another longhouse project as well as their willingness to work collaboratively. The architects suggested moving forward with a series of workshops aimed at garnering input from the FNHL community about the placement, function and design of the new buildings.

 

The site

The building committee and the broader FNHL community considered a range of locations but it was important to organizers that the site be close to the centre of campus. The site that was ultimately chosen was a former arboretum that had been populated with various tree species since the early days of the University. The building committee decided to place the library on the east side of the site closer to the heart of campus and the flow of traffic on West Mall as a purposeful act of reaching out to the broader University. The building committee and architects also made the decision to orient the buildings on an East-West axis in a manner that both minimized damage to the existing trees on site and that resisted the grid orientation of the original campus plan. The two trees that did need to be cut down for construction are now part of the waterfall feature next to X̱wi7x̱wa Library.

 

Design

In April 1990 the building committee had an important meeting with the Musqueam Band Council. Following a presentation about the new buildings, the Council indicated their support for the project but also requested that the longhouse be built in the Musqueam shed style which the Committee agreed to. The architects and the building committee wanted to pay respect to traditional architectural style and building materials which meant that wood would be a prominent material. At the same time the team also embraced the fact that these would be modern buildings built using contemporary materials and design techniques. They therefore made the decision not to cover up or paint over non-traditional materials such as concrete and aluminum but rather kept them in their natural state as a symbol of the melding of the traditional with the contemporary. Working with the traditional shed design and the more practical program requirements, the architects presented a design for the longhouse building which featured a curved roof. Though the architects had not intended the metaphor when creating the design, Elders on the building committee saw in the curved roof the form of the outstretched wings of an eagle, tipping up at the ends. Copper was also chosen as a prominent roofing material given its traditional value to coastal peoples.

 

Throughout the design process, architects met regularly with the FNHL community to discuss the look, priorities and function of the buildings. Khot-La-Cha, Squamish Chief Simon Baker, who served as a member of the building committee, emphasized the importance of incorporating water into the design. Baker felt there was strong meaning in following the water towards these places of learning. This design direction can be seen in both the waterfall feature and the stones emanating from it that suggest a dry creek bed.

 

The library building itself was designed so that it was partially built into the ground as an homage to the Interior Salish earth-sheltered building style of a Kekuli or S7ístken (also known as a pit house in English). Both the tall timber frame of the Kekuli and the large windowed opening into the library space signal the presence of this Indigenous place of learning from the main road.

 

Opening

The longhouse and the library were officially opened on May 25, 1993. At the opening ceremony, Chief Simon Baker gifted the library with its name, X̱wi7x̱wa, which means “echo” in the Squamish language. In 1994 Larry McFarland Architects were recognized with a Governor General Award of Merit for the UBC Longhouse project which includes X̱wi7x̱wa Library. Thanks to the vision and hard work of the building committee as well as the broader FNHL community, X̱wi7x̱wa Library and the Longhouse have had the opportunity to welcome thousands of students, faculty and community members through their doors over the past decades.

 

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If you’re interested in learning more about the history of the Longhouse and X̱wi7x̱wa Library, please see Verna J Kirkness and Jo-Ann Archibald’s book The First Nations Longhouse : our home away from home, available through the UBC catalogue. Thanks also to Diane Archibald whose PhD thesis, Sites of cultural difference: the cultural production of space within a University construct provided some key insights for this blog post. You can access her thesis online for free through UBC Open Collections.

 

Above image is courtesy of the MURC – UBC Student Services‘ site

 

Touted as the biggest undergraduate research conference in B.C., the Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) is a key annual event highlighting the contributions of undergraduate scholarly inquiry and research at UBC. It affords an opportunity for undergraduate students campus-wide to present their singular or collaborative UBC research projects while sharing their unique UBC research perspectives and experiences.

 

Participation in the conference is on a voluntary basis, with students having the choice of giving either an oral, poster or visual arts/performance presentation of their work. Presentations are judged by graduate students, and prizes are awarded for the top oral, poster and visual arts/performance presentations at a closing celebratory reception.

 

You may know some past and most recent UBC MURC award winners but did you know that in 2012, three UBC MURC award winners – Alvin Ip (UBC Vancouver), Ben MacLeod (UBC Vancouver) and Ryan Trenholm (UBC Okanagan) – went abroad to represent UBC at the international 8th Universitas21 Undergraduate Research Conference (July 1 – 5, 2012) at the Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan? That’s just one of the noteworthy experiences enjoyed by UBC MURC award winners and shared with their fellow UBC students, academic and research mentors, family and friends at this unique conference.

 

With over 9,000 item views and 2,800 item downloads to date, check out the MURC award winner poster and slide presentations in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository via the Library’s Open Collections digital collections’ portal!

 

 

 

LAW LIBRARY level 3: JC599.N45 C66 2018
Selwyn Katene & Rawiri Taonui, eds., Conversations about Indigenous Rights: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand (Auckland: Massey University Press, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K941 .G68 2019
James Goudkamp & Donal Nolan, Contributory Negligence in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford: Oxford University of Press 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE542 .B57 2019
Rachel Birnbaum & Nicholas Bala, Making Parenting Plans in Canada’s Family Justice System: Challenges, Controversies and the Role of Mental Health Professionals (Toronto: Carswell, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF250 .C683 2018
Christine Coughlin, Joan Malmud Rocklin & Sandy Patrick, A Lawyer Writes: A Practical Guide to Legal Analysis (Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2018)

Dear Faculty and Instructors,

UBC Library is pleased to offer a Syllabus Service in conjunction with Library Online Course Reserves (LOCR). The Syllabus Service allows you to submit your syllabus directly to UBC Library so we can add your readings and other learning resources[1] to LOCR, which is integrated with Canvas.

Faculty and instructors who prefer the self-serve model may continue to manually input course reserves requests into LOCR. However, the new Syllabus Service provides a complementary full-service option that relieves users of the need to enter bibliographic data into the system. Both services ensure that readings and other learning resources are made available to students while respecting Canadian copyright law and existing UBC licensing agreements and policies.

How to submit a syllabus?

Simply email a copy of your syllabus to syllabus.service@ubc.ca as a Word or PDF document.

We expect a basic syllabus to include the following:

  • The course name and course code
  • Your name and contact information
  • Full citations for works, including page numbers where applicable
  • Loan period for physical items you want to put in course reserves collection (2hr, 1 day, or 3 days)
  • Request for new purchases for the Library collections (only if applicable)

Library staff will add items to LOCR, obtain reading materials, secure licences where necessary, and upload the content on your behalf.

Important Dates

While most readings can be cleared in a matter of days, acquiring permissions from publishers can sometimes be a lengthy process. To ensure that the course material is available on the first day of class, it is recommended that instructors submit their syllabi by the following dates:

Fall 2019: July 15th, 2019

Winter 2020: November 15th, 2019

Instructors may continue to submit reading lists at any time. Materials will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Material is Ready

Your course material will be available in LOCR as a single list (articles, eBooks, chapter/excerpts, web pages, and media resources).

You and your students can access course material either through the standalone LOCR site, https://courses.library.ubc.ca/, or via the Library Online Course Reserves link in the Canvas course shell.

LOCR will also generate a direct link to your course material in “Instructor Mode.” You may share this link with your students any way you like (email, blog, LMS), as it will work only for enrolled students for that particular course.

Physical items will be put in the course reserves collection of your preferred library branch for the duration of the course.

If you have any questions, or need more information about the service, please contact us at permissions.office@ubc.ca

[1] Course reserves is designed for published works. If you would like to share your lecture slides, notes or handouts with students, you should post these types of files directly within your course site in the learning management system

Here are a few photos from the event, Celebrating Indigenous Storytelling: Teaching Through Telling, on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 during Congress 2019.

 

There are several business events scheduled for June. See below for some of the most exciting events that will be happening in BC this month!

We also recommend visiting smallbusinessbc.ca and reviewing their full event calendar and seminar line up.

Please note details are accurate at time of publication, all summaries have been reproduced from host descriptions.


Startup Basics – Session 1: Laws of Attraction
Host: Accelerate Okanagan
Target audience: Entrepreneurs
Date: June 4
Time: 12pm – 1:30pm
Location: Accelerate Okanagan Technology Association
Cost: $25 per session OR $80 for entre course
Register
Summary: In this session participants will discover the tools needed to identify consumer demand for their products and services.


Nanaimo Popup
Host: Small Business BC
Co-host: Nanaimo Women’s Business Network
Target audience: Aspiring entrepreneurs; Women entrepreneurs
Date: June 5
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Learn about key steps in the business startup and growth process. Participants can also book a FREE 15-20 minute consultation session with a business advisor.


Summer Survival Tips For Business Owners
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Business professionals
Date: June 5
Time: 11:15am – 1:15pm
Location: Ricky’s Family Restaurants (Lougheed)
Cost: $5 (Member); $15 (Guest)
Register
Summary: Network with business professionals, grow your community, and discover new opportunities that can help set your business up for success during the Summer.


Network With Business Professionals
Host: NetworkNite
Target audience: Business professionals
Date: June 5
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Stages Restaurant & Lounge
Cost: $26.95 (USD) 
Register
Summary: Meet business professionals and build new relationships in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.


Startup Basics – Session 2: Pitching Power
Host: Accelerate Okanagan
Target audience: Entrepreneurs
Date: June 6
Time: 12pm – 1:30pm
Location: Accelerate Okanagan Technology
Cost: $25 per session OR $80 for entire course
Register
Summary: In this session participants will receive tips and resources that will help them perfect their business pitch.


Know Your Numbers
Host: Women’s Enterprise Centre
Co-host: Kelowna Women in Business
Target audience: Women entrepreneurs; Women business owners
Date: June 6
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Okanagan CoLab
Cost: $49
Register
Summary: Build your financial confidence at this workshop where you will learn what financial statements are, how they work, and how to use them effectively in business planning.


Boost Your Business
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Small business owners
Date: June 11
Time: 9:30am
Location: Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Discover the most up-to-date tools, insights, and practices for growing your business using Facebook and Instagram.


TechVancouver – June Edition
Host: TechVancouver
Target audience: Technologists
Date: June 11
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Telus Garden
Cost: $25
Register
Summary: Vancouver’s tech leaders and innovators come together to share their expertise and experiences about how to thrive in Vancouver’s tech community.


Session #3 – Business Building
Host: Accelerate Okanagan
Target audience: Entrepreneurs
Date: June 11
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Location: Accelerate Okanagan Technology Association
Cost: $25 per session OR $80 entire course
Register
Summary: In this session an Executive-in-Residence will teach you how to develop, access, and validate a model for your business.


Sprints: Time Factory Studio’s Solution to Save Your Business Time & Money
Host: DigiBC
Target audience: Small and medium digital media companies
Date: June 11
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location:
Cost: FREE (Member); $20 (Non-member)
Register
Summary: Work smarter, not harder! Discover the best practices that companies like Google use to build better products and services, while also mitigating problems.


Session #4 – Legal & Accounting 101
Host: Accelerate Okanagan Technology Association
Target audience: Entrepreneurs
Date: June 13
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Location: Accelerate Okanagan Technology Association
Cost: $25 per session OR $80 for entire course
Register
Summary: In this fourth and final session you will learn about several key topics including financing, accounting for startups, company structures, and legal needs.


Small Business BC Mix & Mingle
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Entrepreneurs
Date: June 13
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Small Business BC, Suite 54
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Entrepreneurs at any stage of business and from all industries are welcome to attend and network with their peers. Refreshments will be provided.


Indigenous Opportunities Forum 2019
Host: CN
Target audience: First nations communities
Date: June 14
Time: 7:30am – 12pm
Location: Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver
Cost: $179 (Member); $229 (Non-member)
Register
Summary: Indigenous leaders, industry leaders, and employers will discuss best practices and future investment opportunities to build strong First Nations communities.


Small Business Tour
Host: Vancouver Public Library
Target audience: Aspiring entrepreneurs; Small business owners
Date: June 15
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Location: VPL Central Library
Cost: FREE
Summary: Attend this FREE drop-in workshop and learn about where to find resources for small business planning, market research, financial assistance, and more.


Start Smart 1
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Aspiring entrepreneurs
Date: June 19
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Small Business BC (Available to other locations via webinar)
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Learn about business structures, business planning tools, municipal licencing standards and more at this seminar designed for those in the thinking stages of starting a business.


Start Smart 2
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Aspiring entrepreneurs
Date: June 19
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Small Business BC (Available to other locations via webinar)
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Discover how to protect your business, yourself, and your employees.

Instagram Marketing for Busy Entrepreneurs
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Entrepreneurs; Small business owners
Date: June 20
Time: 6:00am – 9:00am
Location: Small Business BC (Available to other locations via webinar)
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Discover the power of Instagram as an effective channel for reaching your target market and promoting your business.


BCBusiness | Top 100: An Afternoon with Jim Treliving
Host: BCBusiness
Target audience: Business professionals; Business owners
Date: June 20
Time: 11am – 3pm
Location: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Cost: $12.50 – $299
Register
Summary: Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Top 100 luncheon. The special guest will be Jim Treliving, one of Canada's most renowned business leaders and star of CBC’s Dragon's Den. 


Tax Sense for Incorporating Your Business
Host: Women’s Enterprise Centre
Target audience: Women business owners
Date: June 21
Time: 9am – 12pm
Location: Small Business BC (Available to other locations via webinar)
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Discover the benefits of moving a proprietorship or partnership to a corporation; learn about the tax advantages of being a registered corporation; and explore how to utilize the small business capital gains exemption to your benefit.


Pitch Perfect: Craft Your Startup Pitch to Success
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Entrepreneurs
Date: June 27
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Small Business BC (Available to other locations via webinar)
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Develop the skills needed to deliver a strong pitch in front of prospective lenders, investors, partners, and high caliber personnel.

 

Events

There are several business events scheduled for June. See below for some of the most exciting events that will be happening in BC this month!

We also recommend visiting smallbusinessbc.ca and reviewing their full event calendar and seminar line up.

Please note details are accurate at time of publication, all summaries have been reproduced from host descriptions.


Startup Basics – Session 1: Laws of Attraction
Host: Accelerate Okanagan
Target audience: Entrepreneurs
Date: June 4
Time: 12pm – 1:30pm
Location: Accelerate Okanagan Technology Association
Cost: $25 per session OR $80 for entre course
Register
Summary: In this session participants will discover the tools needed to identify consumer demand for their products and services.


Nanaimo Popup
Host: Small Business BC
Co-host: Nanaimo Women’s Business Network
Target audience: Aspiring entrepreneurs; Women entrepreneurs
Date: June 5
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Learn about key steps in the business startup and growth process. Participants can also book a FREE 15-20 minute consultation session with a business advisor.


Summer Survival Tips For Business Owners
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Business professionals
Date: June 5
Time: 11:15am – 1:15pm
Location: Ricky’s Family Restaurants (Lougheed)
Cost: $5 (Member); $15 (Guest)
Register
Summary: Network with business professionals, grow your community, and discover new opportunities that can help set your business up for success during the Summer.


Network With Business Professionals
Host: NetworkNite
Target audience: Business professionals
Date: June 5
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Stages Restaurant & Lounge
Cost: $26.95 (USD) 
Register
Summary: Meet business professionals and build new relationships in a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.


Startup Basics – Session 2: Pitching Power
Host: Accelerate Okanagan
Target audience: Entrepreneurs
Date: June 6
Time: 12pm – 1:30pm
Location: Accelerate Okanagan Technology
Cost: $25 per session OR $80 for entire course
Register
Summary: In this session participants will receive tips and resources that will help them perfect their business pitch.


Know Your Numbers
Host: Women’s Enterprise Centre
Co-host: Kelowna Women in Business
Target audience: Women entrepreneurs; Women business owners
Date: June 6
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Okanagan CoLab
Cost: $49
Register
Summary: Build your financial confidence at this workshop where you will learn what financial statements are, how they work, and how to use them effectively in business planning.


Boost Your Business
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Small business owners
Date: June 11
Time: 9:30am
Location: Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Discover the most up-to-date tools, insights, and practices for growing your business using Facebook and Instagram.


TechVancouver – June Edition
Host: TechVancouver
Target audience: Technologists
Date: June 11
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Telus Garden
Cost: $25
Register
Summary: Vancouver’s tech leaders and innovators come together to share their expertise and experiences about how to thrive in Vancouver’s tech community.


Session #3 – Business Building
Host: Accelerate Okanagan
Target audience: Entrepreneurs
Date: June 11
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Location: Accelerate Okanagan Technology Association
Cost: $25 per session OR $80 entire course
Register
Summary: In this session an Executive-in-Residence will teach you how to develop, access, and validate a model for your business.


Sprints: Time Factory Studio’s Solution to Save Your Business Time & Money
Host: DigiBC
Target audience: Small and medium digital media companies
Date: June 11
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location:
Cost: FREE (Member); $20 (Non-member)
Register
Summary: Work smarter, not harder! Discover the best practices that companies like Google use to build better products and services, while also mitigating problems.


Session #4 – Legal & Accounting 101
Host: Accelerate Okanagan Technology Association
Target audience: Entrepreneurs
Date: June 13
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Location: Accelerate Okanagan Technology Association
Cost: $25 per session OR $80 for entire course
Register
Summary: In this fourth and final session you will learn about several key topics including financing, accounting for startups, company structures, and legal needs.


Small Business BC Mix & Mingle
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Entrepreneurs
Date: June 13
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Small Business BC, Suite 54
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Entrepreneurs at any stage of business and from all industries are welcome to attend and network with their peers. Refreshments will be provided.


Indigenous Opportunities Forum 2019
Host: CN
Target audience: First nations communities
Date: June 14
Time: 7:30am – 12pm
Location: Fairmont Waterfront Vancouver
Cost: $179 (Member); $229 (Non-member)
Register
Summary: Indigenous leaders, industry leaders, and employers will discuss best practices and future investment opportunities to build strong First Nations communities.


Small Business Tour
Host: Vancouver Public Library
Target audience: Aspiring entrepreneurs; Small business owners
Date: June 15
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Location: VPL Central Library
Cost: FREE
Summary: Attend this FREE drop-in workshop and learn about where to find resources for small business planning, market research, financial assistance, and more.


Start Smart 1
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Aspiring entrepreneurs
Date: June 19
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Small Business BC (Available to other locations via webinar)
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Learn about business structures, business planning tools, municipal licencing standards and more at this seminar designed for those in the thinking stages of starting a business.


Start Smart 2
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Aspiring entrepreneurs
Date: June 19
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Small Business BC (Available to other locations via webinar)
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Discover how to protect your business, yourself, and your employees.

Instagram Marketing for Busy Entrepreneurs
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Entrepreneurs; Small business owners
Date: June 20
Time: 6:00am – 9:00am
Location: Small Business BC (Available to other locations via webinar)
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Discover the power of Instagram as an effective channel for reaching your target market and promoting your business.


BCBusiness | Top 100: An Afternoon with Jim Treliving
Host: BCBusiness
Target audience: Business professionals; Business owners
Date: June 20
Time: 11am – 3pm
Location: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Cost: $12.50 – $299
Register
Summary: Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Top 100 luncheon. The special guest will be Jim Treliving, one of Canada's most renowned business leaders and star of CBC’s Dragon's Den. 


Tax Sense for Incorporating Your Business
Host: Women’s Enterprise Centre
Target audience: Women business owners
Date: June 21
Time: 9am – 12pm
Location: Small Business BC (Available to other locations via webinar)
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Discover the benefits of moving a proprietorship or partnership to a corporation; learn about the tax advantages of being a registered corporation; and explore how to utilize the small business capital gains exemption to your benefit.


Pitch Perfect: Craft Your Startup Pitch to Success
Host: Small Business BC
Target audience: Entrepreneurs
Date: June 27
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Small Business BC (Available to other locations via webinar)
Cost: FREE
Register
Summary: Develop the skills needed to deliver a strong pitch in front of prospective lenders, investors, partners, and high caliber personnel.

 

Events
The Strategic Framework will guide the future work and strategic direction for the library, in alignment with the UBC Strategic Plan.

UBC Education Library is streamlining its social media. Instagram and Facebook accounts associated with our branch will be closing June 21, 2019.

Follow @UBCLibrary on Facebook and Instagram and stay connected with Education Library through our website, Twitter and YouTube channels.

Update – Summon is back up

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Summon, UBC Library’s discovery service, is currently down.

 

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