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Are citation practices fair to Indigenous scholars? Who scholars cite, how scholars cite, and what sources are considered authoritative to cite can validate and legitimize knowledge or oppress knowledge. Frequently, Indigenous ways of knowing (oral teachings and histories in particular) are delegitimized in academia by citational politics. In this session, learn more about “citational politics,” the existing templates for citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers, and about the current initiatives at X̱wi7x̱wa to further legitimize citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers in academia.

Participants will be able to:

    • Discuss the concept of “citational politics,” including how Indigenous traditional knowledge is devalued in academia through dominant citational practices and how we can challenge these practices
    • Recognize and create existing templates for citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers
    • Be aware of current initiatives at X̱wi7x̱wa Library and elsewhere to create a Chicago style template for citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers

When: October 22 at 3PM-4:30PM PST

Facilitated by Bronwen McKie: A student Librarian at X̱wi7x̱wa Library and a senior MASLIS candidate at the UBC iSchool. Bronwen’s values of community, collaboration, and equitable access to information guide her professional interests in scholarly communication & publishing and reference and instruction librarianship. Bronwen also enjoys writing, staying active and planning vacations she can’t afford. She is a settler of Welsh heritage, but was born and raised in Mi’kma’ki (Nova Scotia).


Science Literacy Week Sept 21-27, 2020

Xwi7xwa Library is participating in this year’s Science Literacy Week 2020! Branches across UBC Library will be hosting online workshops, curating reading lists, and sharing fun films on this year’s topic: Biodiversity!

See the collective research guide here! And join the conversation


Join the conversation!
@ubclibrary #scilit20 #bc

Xwi7xwa Library has gathered some resources highlighting the work of Ronald “Bud” Sparrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and community during this time. Sparrow’s influence on Canada’s understanding of Aboriginal fishing will continue in others’ work. Please contact the branch with research related questions if you do not find what you are looking for below.

Musqueam Community: Learn more about Bud Sparrow and his legacy

Online Resources

Hard-copy Resources

Research Guides

Xwi7xwa Library would like to thank Bronte Burnette, our recent student librarian, for all her hard work and contributions during her time with us!

Burnette moved to Vancouver from Montana and joined our team while working on her MLIS at UBC’s iSchool. She has since graduated from the program and is the Educational Resource Developer at the Centre for Teaching and Learning!

Although she will be missed, our team looks forward to collaborating with her in her new position! Bronte has left us us with a reflection on her time with us:

As I look at my time at Xwi7xwa Library, I see that every day I learned something new: from the staff, from the patrons, from conversations, and from moments that were set aside to really make sure I understood what I was doing. The projects I was assigned or created for myself gave me a solid foundation in disseminating Indigenous knowledge in a respectful way and illustrated the importance of reciprocity, community, and place in knowledge keeping. These three components are something that I will carry into all my career in librarianship, not just in roles working with Indigenous knowledge, but all knowledge.

I understood from previous work the importance of community involvement and hearing/seeing reciprocity at work in both my FNCC classes and at Xwi7xwa, I realized it’s importance in all librarianship, but especially academic librarianship and academic relationships. I want to print it out and put it on my figurative desk as I begin my work at CTLT, so I can see it every day. Learning about the importance of place though, and the importance of land is something that I didn’t expect. And now, it’s a part of knowledge keeping that I share with patrons in each reference interview I do. Place influences all knowledge; not just Indigenous knowledge, and it’s something that I think I could only fully learn and understand after working at Xwi7xwa. I don’t think a class would have given me the same view.

My favourite projects have been the online research guides and the blog posts because it’s been a way for me to share out our collection and resources without the barrier of a reference desk or a way to the library. And I love the fact that people can access them at any time, whether or not we are open. They gave me a chance to hone my librarianship skills too in searching databases, using Boolean, understand how to use Summon, and research skills in general. The blog posts gave me a challenge to learn a lot about what is actually in the collection, how many books and the kinds of books we have. It was one of the things that was something that I thought of as a “real” librarian job: selecting and highlighting books with short descriptions.

Learning from all the staff at the library has been the absolute highlight of my MLIS. Karleen has been a cheerleader, supporter, and advocate for me in all the best possible ways: challenging me in my work, asking for my help and opinion, guiding me, answering all of my many questions. She’s been the best supervisor I could ask for. Karleen’s attitude that librarians don’t just have a duty to fill information gaps, but can educate people is another idea that I want printed out for my desk. Bronwen, as my other half of our student librarian team, has been the most supportive co-worker in coursework and sharing projects at the branch, and having her learn with me has been a way she has taught me. Tamis taught me so much about communicating with patrons in reference interviews on the desk, and on the importance of making community and work-place connections. Eleanore showed me patience and kindness, whether it was answering my many questions about cataloguing and the collection, or teaching me a small amount of her knowledge on how collections/acquisitions work, even though I wasn’t a TS student librarian. Thanks for always encouraging my “Why is this an anthology?” questions. Kayla, though we didn’t work together for long, thank you for teaching me about data sovereignty and on the beginnings of how to build a course. Every conversation I had with Sarah left me with new knowledge of how to be a better librarian, up to our last zoom meeting. In our conversations, she illustrated to me different ways of thinking about knowledge keeping, and librarianship as a whole.

These words aren’t enough, but it has been a complete privilege to work with all the library staff at Xwi7xwa and learn from and with you all. I will be bringing all these teachings and much more with me to CTLT and in my career as a librarian. Thank you for the opportunity to work at Xwi7xwa with you all. I am honoured and humbled to have worked with you all in this important work.


Bronte Burnette

What’s Going on? Indigenous Strategic Plan 2020

On Monday, September 14  Xwi7xwa’s team attended the celebration and launch of UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan (ISP); find out more about this virtual event here.

Reconciliation Pole 7idansuu (Edenshaw) James Hart, Haida UBC Vancouver

The following resources are for people interested in learning more about the ISP, relevant contextual information, and connections between both Vancouver/Okanagan campuses regarding the ISP:

  1. Indigenous Portal’s ISP home page:
    • For background information, timelines, FAQ related to ISP process.
  2. ISP History
    • Helpful for understanding what’s happened from 2007-2020.
  3. UBC Okanagan’s Commitments to TRC Calls to Action:
    • This is a major component of the ISP because it builds on UBCO’s Commitments to the TRC Calls to Action.
  4. Signing of UBCO’s Commitments  to TRC Calls to Action:
    • UBCO article on signing of UBCO’s commitments toward TRC.
    • Elders, chiefs and community members from throughout the Syilx Okanagan Nation joined with students, faculty and staff at UBC Okanagan to witness this event.

The ISP will cover both UBC campuses:

  • UBC-Okanagan is on the unceded, traditional, and ancestral territory of the Syilx People.
  • UBC-Vancouver is on the unceded, traditional, and anestral territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm People.
  • Each community has signed either an MOU or MOA, you can find more information here.

If you want to know more and the above resources haven’t covered it you can always contact us!


Recommended readings:

  1. UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan
  2. Indigenous Foundations – What is UNDRIP?
  3. Read UNDRIP here
  4. UNDRIP Research Guide
  5. MMIWG Research Guide
  6. Indian Residential School in Canada Research Guide

Are you a student looking flexible and fun place to work at Xwi7xwa Library!? We have three positions available through the Work Learn program! Closing date September 3!

Indigenous Library Services – Remote Student Librarian

Available positions: 2

Description: Xwi7xwa Library is seeking an iSchool graduate student to provide remote reference and information services as well as enhancement of catalogue records relating to Indigenous topics and scholarship. Xwi7xwa serves a diverse range of learners, researchers and instructors including Indigenous students, faculty and staff, the wider campus community, and the general public. One of the ongoing goals of Xwi7xwa Library is to increase the number of iSchool graduates with competencies in Indigenous librarianship.

Indigitization Program – Remote Project Assistant 

Available positions: 1

Description: The Indigitization Assistant will be responsible for coordinating the communications for the program remotely. Website work will involve the careful curation of existing video media, photos, and written copy content into community-friendly digital bites that elicit engagement from former, current and prospective B.C. Indigenous community participants. They will be asked to coordinate, solicit team member content, and contribute original content for Indigitization blog. Communication and promotion includes live tweeting, photography, and logistical support as part of the orientation to the program’s values and community engagement core mandate. It is important that the student be culturally sensitive and aware of communications for Indigenous audiences (we will provide training using resources such as: Indigenous Peoples: Languages Guidelines).

To apply:

  1. Visit CareersOnline
  2. Make a profile for yourself
  3. Look up the positions by position title or search Xwi7xwa Library
  4. Apply

The Xwi7xwa team looks forward to hearing from you!

The Xwi7xwa team is out ‘n about exploring social distance safe activities! We’re ready to start getting social, active, and safe and we want to encourage all of you to do the same. Stay tuned to see what we’re up to, we’ll even point to library resources if you prefer to participate indoors!

Out ‘n  About at UBC Farm – August 25

Today librarian Karleen was out ‘n about at the UBC Farm!

“The UBC Farm is the Centre for Sustainable Food System’s main teaching and learning space. A 24-hectare integrated production farm, the UBC Farm is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. Situated within a 90-year-old coastal hemlock forest, the UBC Farm comprises cultivated annual crop fields, perennial hedgerows and orchards, pasture, teaching gardens, and forest stands.” – UBC Farm

Due to COVID many events and volunteer opportunities have been postponed but you can still register to be a volunteer!

Karleen’s tips to get gardening:

If you’re UBC affiliated here are some online resources related to plants in British Columbia and if you’re interested in Indigenous ecology see these resources.

Here are some resources available at the Vancouver Public Library!


Out ‘n About with Kent Monkman – August 21

This Friday our librarian Karleen was out ‘n about with Kent Monkman’s Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience!

“This exhibition features nearly 80 pieces, including Monkman’s own paintings, installations and sculptures, in dialogue with historical artifacts loaned from museums and private collections across Canada. MOA is the final stop for this critically acclaimed travelling exhibition, which has been on a multi-year, cross-country tour to nine cities.” –MOA

Karleen’s advice for this activity:

  • Plan ahead, they’re only letting a small number of people into MOA at a time so book your ticket
  • If you can’t make it to MOA check out the exhibit online
  • Make sure you snack beforehand because you can’t bring food in
  • Stay safe, check out the safety procedures ahead of time

If you’re affiliated with UBC and looking for online resources on Kent Monkman see UBC Library resources!

You can access print materials and DVDs as well but please see the new process for picking up resources!

Here are  resources available at the Vancouver Public Library!





The list of courses with Indigenous content is now available!


According to the 2020 University of British Columbia Course Calendar and departmental course descriptions, there are 17 courses, from 7 different departments, that have a significant amount of Indigenous content being offered for the Summer 2020 session.

To download the course list click here.

Xwi7xwa does not endorse the courses listed. Courses are added based on descriptions only. Anyone wishing to provide feedback on course content should refer to these confidential resources:

  1. Ombuds Person for Students (if you’re not satisfied with the quality of instruction in a course, the Ombuds Office will help you contact the head of the department the course is offered in)
  2. Equity & Inclusion Offices’s Conflict Engagement
  3. Aboriginal Portal’s Student Life resource page


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!

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