Current Local Safety Team (January 2020)

Name Department Contact

Julie Mitchell

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Pouneh Naderi

Music, Art and, Architecture Library

Laura Ferris

Digitization Centre

Hiller Goodspeed


Serena Gibbons


Arts One/CAP

Emma MacFarlane

Kelsi Proux

Chapman Learning Commons

Kristen Wong

Community Engagement

Sharon Lim

Ilia Starr


Sandy Abah


Rob Stickles

Music, Art, and Architecture 3rd Floor

Rhona McElwain

Music, Art, and Architecture Library 4th Floor

Shirkey Lau

Ike’s Café

Alicia Munro

Kajsa Moore

Library Administration & Facilities


Library Collection Storage Services

Sam Miller

Library Human Resources

Lucia Balabuk

Science One/CSP


Many students this term are writing papers on natural resources and natural resource development in BC and Western Canada. With reference questions coming in about natural resources like oil, water, and forests or about Indigenous rights to natural resources, we’ve curated some materials below to help answer your questions and to add some materials to your “To Be Read” or “To Watch” list.

If you’d like to do some searching about general natural resources on your own through our catalog on our website, here are some search terms to use:

  • “natural resources”
  • “natural resource management”
  • “environmental resources”
  • “environmental activism”
  • “environmentalism”
  • “energy” or “energy resources”
  • “oil”

If you’d like to look specifically at a certain event surrounding a natural resource, you could search for that event like “Standing Rock,” or if you’d like to see our books on pipelines, searching “pipelines” will give you a plethora of materials on pipelines in Canada, as well as the United States.

If you’re shelf browsing in our stacks at the library, start at the “N” call numbers and you’ll see lots of books on natural resources in Canada.

Here is a curated list of library materials on natural resources:

Kaiāulu: Gathering Tides by Mehana Blaich Vaughan shares the stories of more than 60 Hawaiian elders, fishermen, and community leaders on how they work to protect their kuleana, their rights and responsibilities to their community and to their surroundings. This book gives a combined look at natural resources, land management, Indigenous studies, and Hawaiian studies. It looks at not what people and community can get from the land, but how the spirit of reciprocity and caring for others exists in natural resource management.

Environmental Activism On The Ground: Small Green and Indigenous Organizing edited by Jonathan Clapperton and Liza Pipe (also available online) takes a in depth look to environmental activism in local communities and grass roots organization through a lens of multiple interdisciplinary studies. Stories of activism from Indigenous and non-Indigenous groups are pieced together from across Canada. It takes a step back into the history of environmental activism and lessons when moving towards the future.

Indigenous Peoples and Resource Development in Canada edited by Robert Bone and Robert Anderson (also available at Koerner Library) views natural resource management in Canada through Supreme Court and government agreements with Indigenous nations to illustrate how Indigenous peoples are now at the decision-making table when it comes to natural resource extraction in their communities.

As We have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (also available online) gives the reader many of the ways that Indigenous resistance has stopped natural resource extraction. From tar sands to pipelines, Indigenous resistance has pushed against colonization and the dispossession of land. This book not only examines the relationship between Indigenous peoples and natural resources, but ways to push back against settler-colonialism as a whole.

C̓äsna7äm, The City Before The City directed and produced by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (also available online) looks at the story of the land UBC and Vancouver sits on before it became Vancouver and UBC. This documentary specifically looks at the 200 day vigil the Musqueam people to halt a condo development that unearthed ancestral remains.

Mining and Communities in Northern Canada: History, Politics, and Memory edited by Arn Keeling and John Sandlos (also available online) begins by examining how mining has historically been a forerunner of colonization to Indigenous communities, as it is the start of new and disruptive economic and settlement patterns in their home. This book views mining in Northern Canada from both a historical lens through past documents and research, as well as oral histories from community members themselves.

Sovereignty for Survival: American Energy Development and Indian Self-Determination by James Robert Allison III (also available online) illustrates the role Indigenous people in the United States played in shaping energy policy and development. By examining the role Indigenous people played in policy creation, the different viewpoints of different Indigenous groups and communities are shown, illustrating what view they took on resource extraction in their communities: harmful or necessary for their community’s growth.

Tracking the Great Bear: How Environmentalists Recreated British Columbia’s Coastal Rainforest by Justin Page (also available online) explains a detailed account of how the Great Near Rainforest was saved from logging through the conservation efforts of Indigenous communities and activists through an actor network.

Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement edited by Nick Estes and Jaskiran Dhillon (also available at the Okanagan Library) teaches through essays, poems, and interviews, essential lessons from the people who were at Standing Rock and the significance they felt on the front lines of environmental activism.

The Invasion of Indian Country in the Twentieth Century: American Capitalism and Tribal Natural Resources by Donald L. Fixico (also available online) looks at the fight between business and Indigenous communities for the oil, fish, coal, water, and timber that was on reservations in the 20th century. This resource illustrates the history of natural resources in the 20th century and how what happened then influences the policies being enacted today.

A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice edited by Toban Black, Tony Weis, Stephen D’Arcy, & Joshua Kahn Russell (also available online) is a selection of essays from contributors looking at the struggle between industry and opponents over control of the future of the Alberta Tar Sands.

Aboriginal Peoples and Forest Lands in Canada edited by D.B. Tindall, Ronald L. Trosper, and Pamela Perreault (also available online) brings together Indigenous and non-Indigenous views of forest use and resource management. It also focuses on the use of traditional knowledge and traditional land use in the world of forestry.

If you have a specific interest in the world of natural resources or another topic you’d like some research help with, please always feel free to email us at

Project title: Upper Fraser River Forest History Resources: Access & Outreach Project

Institution: University of Northern British Columbia (Northern BC Archives & Special Collections)

Description: The Upper Fraser Historical Geography Project was conducted by UNBC faculty and a team of researchers between 1999 and 2002. The lead researchers were Aileen Espritiu, Gail Fondahl, Greg Halseth, Debra Straussfogel, and Tracy Summerville. The project resulted in the creation of 93 oral history records and their transcripts. Participants included regional forest industry executives, politicians (including former MLA Ray Williston, local mayors and Fraser Fort George Regional District representatives), forest industry workers, and former and contemporary Upper Fraser community residents. The Upper Fraser River Forest History Resources: Access & Outreach project created access to 77 oral histories that documented the rise, consolidation, and demise of a series of forestry-based settlements along the Upper Fraser River in northeastern BC between 1915 and 2000. This digitization project provides online access to the Upper Fraser Historical Geography Project oral histories. These histories will be of particular interest to current and past residents of the East Line community including Willow River, Giscome, Newlands, Aleza Lake, Upper Fraser, Sinclair Mills, Longworth, and Penny.

Collection URL:

Project Title: VHEC newsletter digitization project

Institution: Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre (VHEC)

Description: The Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre, with assistance from the Irving K. Barber BC History Digitization Program, is pleased to announce that the complete run of its newsletters and magazines, published from 1989 to present, are now available for research and reference. These newsletters and magazines communicate with VHEC members and the wider public about the Centre’s programs, events, and current issues related to human rights, social justice and Holocaust education. They feature original writing from Holocaust survivors, their families and other community members, including teachers and students.

Collection URL: 

From 1951 to 1957, British Columbia made the first-ever systematic inventory of the province’s forests. In 1958, the Interim Forest Cover Series Maps were produced using a combination of aerial photographs (40 chain photos) and ground sampling plots. Each map is accompanied by an envelope, providing a forest inventory summary of the region within the map sheet.

These maps are printed on high-quality paper and contain colour-coded representations of various classifications of forest cover. Physical copies of the map series are held in the UBC Library’s Map and Atlas Collection in Koerner Library, as well as at the Rare Books and Special Collections Library, within the MacMillan Bloedel Limited fonds. The entire series comprises 149 index maps and summaries and is now available in the Open Collections.

For many years after their completion, the Interim Forest Cover Series Maps were a much-used source of general information on timber resources, roads and other details throughout BC (Source: A History of the British Columbia Provincial Forest Inventory Program). According to this tweet, the earliest digital forest cover map series covering all BC became available in 1995. Landsat offers insight back to 1984. These maps extend our forest cover change record by more than 35 years, to the 1950s. It will help us reconstruct the historical changes in BC’s environment and forests.

This map shows the forest cover of part of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

Index to the interim forest cover series and the forest inventory area reference system; Canada sheet 92 G/NW, G/SW

And here is the forest inventory summary on the envelope of the map:

Index to the interim forest cover series and the forest inventory area reference system; Canada sheet 92 G/NW, G/SW

In the lower-left corner of each map, there is a legend showing the meaning of different colours on the map. In the lower-right corner is an inset map indicating the location of the main map in a broader frame of reference.

Below is a glossary of forest covers extracted from the 1967 forest inventory that can help us understand the 1958 map series, but viewers should note that the definitions used in this map series may differ and that this glossary should be interpreted cautiously.

Mature Forest – Forest land in mature condition, defined as stands containing an acceptable number of trees per acre: 81 years and over for broad-leaved, Lodgepole pine, and Whitebark pine stands; 121 years and over for conifers. Note that pre-1963, mature broad-leaved stands were defined as 41 years and over.

Immature Forest – Forest land in immature condition, defined as stands containing an acceptable number of trees per acre: 1-80 years for broad-leaved, Lodgepole pine, and Whitebark pine stands; 1-121 years for conifers. Note that pre-1963, mature broad-leaved stands were defined as 1-40 years.

Not satisfactorily stocked areas – Forest land in not satisfactorily restocked (NSR) condition, defined as stands that have been disturbed over 75% by fire, logging, wind, insect, disease or other disturbances, and have not restocked with sufficient numbers of commercial species.

Non-productive forests and non-forested lands – Includes all non-merchantable stands which are occupying productive forest land (i.e., non-productive). Non-forest land is land best suited for the growing of crops other than forest trees or which is incapable of supporting a commercial forest.

To view more maps and discover what BC forests were like in the 1950s, please visit Interim Forest Cover Series Maps! For those who are interested, here’s a narrative history of the forest inventory program on the Forest History Association of B.C. website:


UTown@UBC hosts programs and services at UBC that support the needs of the campus community. Do you have an idea for a project that would foster community building and connectedness on campus or in the Musqueam community?



APPLY NOW for the UTown@UBC’s $1,000 Community Grant by February 10th! For more information, grant eligibility, and previous projects visit their site!



Interested in Indigenous Community Planning as a career? UBC offers courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels through the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP). The program gives students the opportunity to complete an Indigenous Community Planning (ICP) concentration, to learn more visit the ICP site.


Already enrolled with SCARP and looking for resources? Here’s a few titles to get you started.

  1. Decolonizing Planning: Experiences with Urban Aboriginal Communities and First Nations edited by Ian Skelton. Find me at UBC Library!
  2. Vancouver Dialogues: First Nations, Urban Aboriginal and Immigrant Communities by Zool Suleman. Find me at UBC Library!
  3. Community-Based Development Planning in Native Communities: a Resource Book for Community Organizers by Art Napolean. Find me at UBC Library!

LAW LIBRARY level 3: E98.M44 C36 2019
Martin J. Cannon, Men, Masculinity, and the Indian Act (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2019).
Online access:

LAW LIBRARY level 3: HF1411 .G663 2019
Sarah Biddulph & Ljiljana Biuković, eds., Good Governance in Economic Development: International Norms and Chinese Perspectives (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2019).
Online access:

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KD7897 .M665 2019
James E. Moran, Madness on Trial: A Transatlantic History of English Civil Law and Lunacy (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KDK110 .C37 2019
Laura Cahillane & Jennifer Schweppe, eds., Case Studies in Legal Research Methodologies: Reflections on Theory and Practice (Dublin: Clarus Press, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE8422 .L83 2019
Cynthia Tape & Julie Rosenthal, Modern Trial Advocacy: Analysis and Practice: Canada (Boulder: National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KJE6569 .T74 2019
Lucila de Almeida et al, eds., The Transformation of Economic Law: Essays in Honour of Hans-W. Micklitz (Oxford: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2019).

The UBC Library exhibition explores the stories of the men and women who collected, recorded and brought forth evidence of the atrocities of Auschwitz, giving testimony of the events that took place there. The exhibit runs until February 28 on Level 2 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

Creativity in the Arts: The Role of Copyright


Tuesday, February 25, 2020 – 1:00pm to 4:15pm


British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Downtown Campus, Atrium Room, 8th floor (Room 825)

Full Details and Registration (please register by Feb. 18)

On Tuesday February 25, to mark Fair Dealing Week, SFU, UBC, Langara, KPU, VCC, and BCIT invite you to an afternoon of presentations and discussion exploring the impact of copyright and fair dealing on artists working in a variety of disciplines. Light refreshments will be served.

Keynote: Copyrights to the Rescue! (Or Not)

Brianne Selman, Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian at the University of Winnipeg and co-investigator on the Cultural Capital Project

Brianne will talk about this collaborative research project that explores the history of the increasing concentration and corporatization of the music industry and investigates a new model of remuneration. Brianne will describe this new model and the theoretical trajectories, legal ramifications, and technical components involved in creating a non-profit patronage system and social network that would directly connect musical artists and fans. Ideally the system would facilitate the payment of both artists and their fans for their creative efforts, while also crafting legal and theoretical arguments for a more open copyright regime.

Panel: Copyright and the Creative Arts

Following Brianne’s talk there will be a panel discussion moderated by Martha Rans, the Director of the Artists’ Legal Outreach. The panel brings together Vancouver-based artists working in a range of creative disciplines for a discussion of how and when artists have to consider copyright, how copyright intersects with the practice of artists, and what this entails. This is an area that is not often addressed in detail in post-secondaries, yet is a growing area of concern and interest for both students and copyright professionals in higher education.


Joanna Garfinkel, dramaturge at Universal Limited theatre company
Josue Menjivar, graphic novelist and illustrator, instructor at Langara College
Sean Penney, video game designer, CPO Pocket Pinata, Inc.
Evann Siebens, video and performance artist

The latest display at UBC Education Library features resources supporting the Core Competencies in BC Education.  One side of the display highlights professional books and the other side, picture books.  Each picture book includes a bookmark highlighting which Core Competency it links to.

What changed? A few of the updates include: Collaboration has been added as a second sub-competency to the Communication Core Competency, the second Thinking sub-competency is now Critical and Reflective Thinking (not just Critical Thinking) and the third Personal and Social sub-competency is now Social Awareness and Responsibility (not just Social Responsibility).

Please visit our Core Competencies Booklists if you’re unable to make it to our display in person or would like to browse our curated lists of resources from home.  Printed copies of these booklists are also available at the service desk.

The display is located just outside the Young Learners Library, Main Level, UBC Education Library and will be up until the end of February 2020.

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