This has been an incredible year for Indigenous story-tellers, including the film adaptation of Monkey Beach, which swept the American Indian Film Festival earlier this autumn and was an official selection at both the Vancouver and Toronto International Film Festivals. Though Monkey Beach is not yet available at home, we’d like to highlight a number of story-tellers whose work is available to stream. Even as we stay at home this December, we can still share and be inspired by these stories.

Film and Television


Another captivating story adapted from the works of Eden Robinson. This supernatural drama series is available to stream through CBC Gem.


Lesser Blessed

Based on the novel by Richard Van Camp, this beautiful coming-of-age story is available to stream through the UBC Library.  Before you get started, please refer to our guide to streaming media through UBC.


Short Films by Amanda Strong

Amanda Strong is an Indigenous filmmaker based out of the unceded Coast Salish territory in Vancouver, British Columbia. A collection of Amanda Strong’s mesmerizing short films are available to stream through our library. See behind the scenes of her stop-motion animation process here.

Live Performances and Recordings

Tanya Tagaq

Watch performances and talks by Inuit author and throat singer Tanya Tagaq. Her remarkable first novel, Split Tooth, is also available through X̱wi7x̱wa.


Tomson Highway

This recording features legendary storyteller, playwright, and musician Tomson Highway perform a selection of his songs on piano, along with commentary and conversation.

The United Nations International Migrants Day on December 18th aims to raise awareness about the challenges and difficulties of international migration as well as recognize the rights of migrants throughout the world. This year’s observance of International Migrants Day focuses on the stories of social cohesion, which are as varied and unique as each of the 272 million migrants living new lives and building new communities in every corner of the globe.

2020 also marks the inauguration of the UBC Centre for Migration Studies. As an independent institutional unit within the Faculty of Arts—and as the only centre of its kind in Western Canada—the Centre for Migration Studies promotes cutting-edge research, interdisciplinary collaborations between researchers, community partners and policy makers in order to advance our understanding of global migration and to mobilize knowledge for evidence-informed policies and practices.

Check out these examples of publications from UBC Centre for Migration Studies collaborators below to learn more about stories of migration, and the complex contexts in which they occur.

Sex, Love, and Migration Sex, Love, and Migration: Postsocialism, Modernity, and Intimacy from Istanbul to the Arctic by Alexia Block | E-book Link

This book examines global inequality beyond familiar discussions of exploitative relationships that divide the world between the “Third/First World” or “Global South/North” by looking at the way that post-Soviet women have crossed borders between the former Soviet Union and Turkey as labor migrants. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, it considers how they negotiate emotion, intimate relationships, and unpredictable state powers shaping their lives.

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Gender in Refugee Law: From the Margins to the Centre edited by Efrat Arbel, Catherine Dauvergne, and Jenni Millbank | E-book Link

Questions of gender have strongly influenced the development of international refugee law over the last few decades. This volume edited by UBC Centre for Migration Studies collaborator Efrat Arbel assesses the progress toward appropriate recognition of gender-related persecution in refugee law.

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Migration in Performance: Crossing the Colonial Present by Caleb Johnston and Geraldine Pratt | E-book Link

Co-written by Geraldine Pratt, a collaborator with the UBC Centre for Migration Studies, this book follows the travels of Nanay, a testimonial theatre play developed from research with migrant domestic workers in Canada, as it was recreated and restaged in different places around the globe. This work examines how Canadian migration policy is embedded across and within histories of colonialism in the Philippines and settler colonialism in Canada.

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New Chinese Migrations: Mobility, Home, Inspirations edited by Yuk Wah Chan and Sin Yee Koh | E-Book Link

This book identifies and examines new forms and paths of Chinese migration since the 1980s, and includes a chapter by UBC Centre for Migration Studies collaborator Amanda Cheong entitled “Immigration and Shifting Conceptions of Citizenship.”

Policy Transformation in Canada

Policy Transformation in Canada: Is the Past Prologue? edited by Carolyn Luges Tuohy, Sophie Borwein, Peter John Loewen and Andrew Potter | E-Book Link

UBC Centre for Migration Studies faculty Antje Ellerman has contributed an essay on Canadian immigration policy to this edited volume that explores the past, present, and future of Canadian policymaking.

Exchanges and Parallels between Italy and East Asia

Exchanges and Parallels Between Italy and East Asian edited by Gaoheng Zhang and Mario Mignone | E-book Link

This collection of essays co-edited by UBC Centre for Migration Studies faculty member Gaoheng Zhang is the first English-language study to present the latest research on Italy’s cultural relationships with China and Japan across the centuries. It explores topics ranging from travel writing to creative arts, from translation to religious accommodation, and from Cold War politics to Chinese American cuisine.


The Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery (ILL/DD) software will be upgraded on December 16, 2020, to meet new requirements on the delivery of articles via post to web. There should be no disruption in service.

Following the upgrade, UBC Library users who have requested articles through ILL/DD will be sent an email that will direct them to the new ILL/DD patron portal. Users will be required to login to the portal using their CWL/UBCcard Library Barcode and PIN in order to access their requested articles via Post to Web, an online delivery method where the article is posted online and the user receives a link to the article via email. Users will also be required to agree to a Terms of Use statement.

As a result of this change, users will have access to a new ILL/DD Myaccount which will give them more information about their requests and new methods to communicate with ILL/DD staff.

For any questions or further assistance, please email or phone 604-822-6596.

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