Happy Valentine’s Day from your librarians at Xwi7xwa! We have rounded up some fun reads surrounding topics of love, care, and romance. Have you checked our our fiction section or poetry section yet? We have lots of choices for you when you want to take a step back from academic texts. Come in to the library and ask one of our librarians for some of their favourites!

Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse; illustrated by Barbara Lavallee is a children’s book where the mother explains just how unconditional her love is for her child. This book features great depictions of Arctic animals and Inuit life.

#IndianLovePoems: Poems by Tenille K. Campbell dives into stories of love and lust from all across Canada, illustrating the depth of emotions that come when sex, culture, and race is mixed with love, lust, and relationships.

Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time : An Indigenous LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology edited by Hope Nicholson is a collection of science fiction and urban fantasy stories starring First Nation and Métis folks.

Critically sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies edited by Joanne Barker traces the ways that gender is intrinsically tied to Indigenous politics and colonialism.

Sacred Wilderness by Susan Power follows the lives of four women that are clan mothers from different time periods and different backgrounds that risk their hearts and lives for love of family, relationships, and life.

Islands of Decolonial Love: Stories & Songs by Leanne Simpson writes short stories of Indigenous Peoples and Communities learning to live loving and observant lives where at the same time struggling to survive the historical and ongoing injustices of colonialism.

I Love My Skin by Terry Haines is a film on how First Nation children learn to love and accept themselves in a society that can make them feel less than.

Without Reservation: Indigenous Erotica collected and edited by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm is an anthology of poetry and prose by Indigenous writers from Canada, New Zealand, America, and Australia including well known authors like Maria Campbell and Sherman Alexie.

I Loved Her by Shezza Ansloos; illustrations by Kimberly McKay-Fleming is a children’s book of a young girl reflecting on the love and friendship she has with her grandmother.

Spirits, Fairies, and Merpeople: Native Stories of Other Worlds by C.J. Taylor are tales of enduring love and the struggles of life told through tales written for all ages.

Me Sexy: an Exploration of Native Sex and Sexuality compiled & edited by Drew Hayden Taylor is a book filled with humorous essays was complied to show a fun and sexy side, because so much of fiction that features Indigenous Peoples end up focusing on aspects of kidnapping, rape, and assault.

First Wives Club: Coast Salish Style by Lee Maracle (available online) are short stories that offers a glimpse into the love life of a university professor, a single mom, and an activist that are tied together through their Coast Salish background.

LAW LIBRARY level 3: FC2925.1.M37 A3 2018
Herbert Marx, My Story (Montréal: Les Éditions Thémis, 2018).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: GV847 .M655 2009
Mark Moore, Making It: What Aspiring Hockey Players and Parents Need to Know to Make It, from the Experts and Pros (Bolton: Fenn Pub. Co., 2009).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K235 .G33 2019
Jeanne Gaakeer, Judging from Experience: Law, Praxis, Humanities (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K3240 .S43 2019
Benjamin J. Goold & Liora Lazarus, ed., Security and Human Rights, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Hart, an imprint of Bloomsbury, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF250 .B69 2019
Robin Boyle-Laisure, Christine Coughlin & Sandy Patrick, Becoming a Legal Writer: A Workbook with Explanations to Develop Objective Legal Analysis and Writing Skills (Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KJE5037 .C75 2019
Sacha Garben, Inge Govaere & Paul Nemitz, eds., Critical Reflections on Constitutional Democracy in the European Union (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KJE6242 .H33 2019
Ioanna Hadjiyianni, The EU as a Global Regulator for Environmental Protection: A Legitimacy Perspective (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2019).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KJE6577 .S57 2019
Paolo Siciliani, Christine Riefa & Harriet Gamper, Consumer Theories of Harm: An Economic Approach to Consumer Law Enforcement and Policy Making (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2019).


UBC Library users are now able to access Ethnologue, an authoritative encyclopedic resource on world languages.

The database contains datasets, analytics, maps, country profiles, language families, and language profiles of the world’s 7,111 known living languages, enabling users to find in-depth information about maps, dialects, usage, and more.

Dr. Lisa Matthewson, Associate Department Head at UBC’s Department of Linguistics is thrilled to have access to this tool and is using Ethnologue in her research related to vitality and endangerment status for at-risk languages, particularly Gitksan, a Tsimshianic language spoken along the Skeena River in northwestern British Columbia. “It’s important to have accurate information about speaker numbers, as this can inform not only linguistic research, but policy decisions on the part of governments,” says Matthewson, “Given that at least 90% of the world’s languages are at risk, it’s really important to have a database that highlights language status and that reports about that status on the basis of reliable data.”

A language map captures where Gitxsan is spoken.

In addition to providing statistics for a given country, region, or the world, Ethnologue also provides raw data that allows researchers to use their own analysis tools to tease out exactly what they need.

“Ethnologue is an essential resource used heavily by language researchers across disciplines that recently moved from an open access to a paid subscription model,” says Susan Atkey, Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian, “When I heard from UBC faculty and students about how the loss of access to the statistics, maps, and language use information was affecting their research and coursework, I knew we needed to act to provide ongoing access to this key resource through the library to support vital work such as the documentation and revitalization of endangered languages.”

Explore the Ethnologue database.

This project is part of UBC Library’s strategic direction to create and deliver responsive collections.

Learn more about our Strategic Framework.

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