In 1997, the British Colufnig library imagembia Library Association, the First Nations Interest Group, and the University of British Columbia First Nations House of Learning created an endowed scholarship in honour of Gene Joseph (MLS, 1982). The Gene Joseph Scholarship is awarded to an Aboriginal graduate student at the University of British Columbia’s School of Library Archives and Information Studies (SLAIS). The award is made on the recommendation of the SLAIS, the First Nations House of Learning, and Faculty of Graduate Studies.

About Gene Joseph:

Former Head Librarian of the Xwi7xwa Library (First Nations House of Learning Library) at the University of British Columbia, Gene Joseph is of Wet’suwet’en – Nadleh Whut’en descent. She is from the small village of Hagwilget in northern British Columbia. She has nearly three decades of experience in developing libraries for First Nations tribal councils, bands and organizations. One of Gene’s career highlights was the development of a legal research library for the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en First Nations in the Delgamuukw et al v. the Queen et al aboriginal title court case. It was one of the largest court cases held in Canada, as well as one of the first to extensively use computer systems in and out of the courtroom. More importantly to the First Nations people, there was extensive use of oral history in support of the case. Gene continues her commitment to aboriginal title through her work for the Haida aboriginal title case, work with the EAGLE (Environmental Aboriginal Guardianship through Law and Education) organization from 2002 to 2006. She presently advises and oversees research and litigation support for the Haida Aboriginal Title Case at White Raven Law.


Text From the British Columbia Library Association Website.

British Columbia Library Association’s First Nations Interest Group link here.

Further information from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada here.

Notice – Women’s Memorial March

Carnegie Hall (Main St and Hastings St.)
11 am, Friday, Feb 14, 2014
In January 1991, a women was murdered in the downtown east side of Vancouver. The resulting movement of this murder was an annual march on Valentine’s Day to honour the lives of missing and murdered women.This movement has now spread across Canada. This year there are over 15 cities participating in the memorial march.  The organizers encourage everyone to participate in this journey towards healing to standing in solidarity with the many women who face violence on a daily basis.

There are many ways to support the Women’s Memorial March whether you are near or far. If you are able to, please join one of the marches across Canada and spread the word.  If there is currently no Women’s Memorial March in your community, please feel free to organize one and contact the organizers so that they can work with you to raise awareness.

“Survival, Strength, Sisterhood: Power of Women in the Downtown Eastside” is a short film that is publicly available documenting the first 20 years of the Women’s Memorial March.  The film addresses the misunderstood population of women living in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside.  Another film that is often screened during the Memorial events is “Finding Dawn”.  The trailer for this film can be accessed through the National Film Board of Canada and the DVD can be borrowed from Xwi7xwa Library.

For up to date information about the Women’s Memorial March please check out the Facebook page.


North American Indian Thought and Culture database has many interesting resources about both World Wars. Here are some examples:

An interesting bio about Navajo Code talkers:
Those aboriginal individuals wounded in action WW II:


Some of the items in the Xwi7xwa collection related to Remembrance Day include:
Murdo’s Story 
Native soldiers : foreign battlefields 
World War II and the American Indian / Kenneth William Townsend. 
Ceremony Leslie Marmon Silko
For King and Kanata
Thomas George Prince – Manitobans in Profile
The Edward Curtis Project
Metis veterans of Manitoba
Forgotten warriors
Honouring our peacekeepers
Born on snow
Way of the warrior
When the spirits dance
Year in Nam
You are asked to witness
Native soldiers: foreign battlefields
Forgotten soldiers
Indian profile of a Shuswap war veteran
Canadian Indian policy during the inter-war years
Gene Boy came home [videorecording]
Ayaa [videorecording] : a hero’s journey 
Forgotten warriors [videorecording] / director, Loretta Todd 
Native People in Canada’s Wars [videorecording] 
Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road [videorecording]
Three Day Road
The Indian who bombed Berlin and other stories
Two trails narrow
War games

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