Xwi7xwa Library is pleased to present our Critical Indigenous Literacy kits for children’s picture books. You can find our kits online by visiting the Critical Indigenous Literacy tab here.

Critical literacy requires us to go beyond what we read on the page and to consider the larger narrative in which a text is situated, asking questions about who created a text and why. Critical Indigenous literacy asks us to think about authorship and identity in relation to the stories and teachings we trust as readers. It also asks readers to think critically about Indigenous representations (or lack thereof) within a text.

We would like to acknowledge that this work would not be possible without: Emily Fornwald, Stephanie Marston, and Wendy Traas from the UBC Education Library; Sajni Lacey from the UBC Okanagan Library; and Natalie Trapuzzano Lindsey Bennett the student librarians that assisted us.

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Critical Indigenous Literacy for Children’s Picture Books by Xwi7xwa Library is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License

With most UBC faculty and staff having moved to remote working and teaching in 2020, the volume of files being created, copied and updated, and email moving back-and-forth has increased exponentially. While we may be aware that our digital files and emails desperately need to be sorted through and cleaned up, perhaps the thought of […]

Dear friends and colleagues,​


2020 has been a year like no other.  It has encouraged us all to reimagine how we work and get creative and collaborative.  During this year we have seen the arrival of two new Indigenous librarians to the Xwi7xwa team.  Kayla Lar-Son has joined us from Treaty 6 territory and Karleen Delaurier-Lyle’s position has been made ongoing.  Onboarding and team building while working remotely from each other has encouraged us to use the creative side of our brain and to innovate how we do these things in a good way.  ​

Xwi7xwa would like to wish each & every one of you a safe & happy Holiday season in Łingít, Inuktitut, Mi’kmaw, Michif, Cree, Siksiká, and hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, as well as English, from the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, Semiahmoo, Kwantlen, Katzie, and Mi’kmaq nations.  Through this we recognize our identities as well as acknowledge our positionality as guests on these territories. ​

Wishing all our relations a safe & happy holiday season.  We hope to see you back in the library in 2021.

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

UBC Library





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