Visit us for research help, to see our  collections, or to find a place to study. At Xwi7xwa Library everyone is welcome!

Date, time & location: Thu, Jan 23, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Xwi7xwa Library, Seminar Room (Rm 206)


Details: Confused about citing references or just need a refresher? If so, then this free workshop is for you. Xwi7xwa Library is offering Citation Basics Workshop, where participants will learn the fundamentals of formatting in-text citations and references/bibliography lists in APA, MLA and Chicago styles for class assignments and papers. We’ll also cover how to cite Elders and Knowledge Keepers. You’ll get a citation resources guide at the end of the session. No previous knowledge of citing is necessary and all levels of technology skills will be happily accommodated. Please contact us at (604) 822-8738 or with any questions.


Registration: Registration is not required, but is appreciated. Register using this link:

Indigenous Archival Resources Awareness Day

When: Tuesday, January 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Where: Rare Books and Special Collections, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Join a team of librarians, archivists, faculty, and outreach colleagues for a session to explore resources available for the research and teaching of Indigenous studies and history at UBC. Participants will learn about resources and services at the Xwi7xwa Library, Rare Books and Special Collections, and beyond, and will have a chance to get hands on with physical resources available through UBC Library. The discussion will include case studies of using the resources in teaching, ideas for using them in future research and instruction, and ethical considerations of using this material.

If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to< 

Xwi7xwa is hiring two librarians! 

The University of British Columbia Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Canada providing access to a collection of over 7M items. UBC Library has 14 branches and divisions on two campuses (Vancouver and Kelowna), including one off-site hospital library and the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – a multi-purpose teaching and learning facility.

More than 300 knowledgeable employees – librarians, management and professional staff, support staff and student staff – provide users with the excellent resources and services that they need to further their research, teaching and learning. The UBC Library Strategic Framework can be viewed at To learn more about working with UBC Library and to explore our values visit UBC Library – Why work with us.


The first position:

Indigenous Programs & Services Librarian

UBC Library, Vancouver Campus

Full time, Ongoing


The second position: 

Information Services Librarian

UBC Library, Vancouver Campus

Full time, One-Year Term with Possibility of Extension


To view the complete job description and to submit an application, please visit the UBC Careers page at by midnight January 4, 2020. Note that the anticipated start date is February 1, not January 1.

Indigenous Archival Resources Awareness Day

When: Friday, September 20, 1:00-3:30

Where: Rare Books and Special Collections, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre


Join a team of librarians, archivists, faculty and outreach colleagues for a session that looks at resources available for the research and teaching of Indigenous studies and history at UBC. We will look at resources and services from the Xwi7xwa Library, Rare Books and Special Collections, and digital archives available through the library (both open access and purchased). There will be a chance to get hands on with both physical documents and digitised material such as Indigenous newspapers (please bring laptops with you for the latter). The discussion will include case studies of using the resources in teaching, ideas for using them in future research and instruction, and ethical considerations of using this material.


If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to

Happy Pride UBC!

This year X̱wi7x̱wa Library celebrates pride at your local UBC events, with our Spotlight Series, and featuring our new Two-Spirit research guide!

Visit us on September 6th, 2019 at the Fairview Commons (outside the Earth Sciences Building) and explore queer titles in our collection.

Queer & 2S Books at Xwi7xwa Library

Two-Spirit and Indigenous Queer Studies Research Guide

1. Joshua Whitehead

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Author of Jonny Appleseed (novel) and full-metal indigiqueer (poetry collection). Whitehead is a Two-Spirit Oji-Cree from Treaty 1 territory in Peguis First Nation, MB. For Jessica John’s interview with Whitehead in Room magazine see.


Find Joshua Whitehead titles at UBC Library!


2. Billy-Ray Belcourt

 This Wound is a World

Author of This Wound is a World and NDN Coping Mechanisms. Belcourt is Cree from the Driftpile Creed Nation. Click for Belcourt on YouTube and their public scholarship.


Find Billy-Ray Belcourt titles at UBC Library!


3. Daniel Heath Justice

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Cherokee author Daniel Heath Justice writes Indigenous and queer fantasy, weird fiction, creative nonfiction, and  researches Indigenous literary and cultural studies, animal cultural history, gender and sexuality, and speculative fiction. He is also a faculty member at UBC Vancouver.

For CBC North by Northwest interview with Justice see here (begins at 2:07:30).

For Justice’s interview with Black Coffee Poet on Queer Indigenous Literature see here.

Find Justice’s work at UBC Library!


4. Sts’iyóye smestíyexw slhá:li


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Sts’iyóye smestíyexw slhá:li (Twin-Spirited Woman or Saylesh Wesley) is both Stó:lõ  and Tsimshian. In her article “Twin-Spirited WomanSts’iyóye smestíyexw slhá:li” Wesley shares her stories and process of coming into community with the assistance of her grandmother. Wesley, “wishes to revitalize the cultural roles of transgendered/two-spirit people within the Coast Salish territory and ways in which they historically contributed to their societies prior to colonization.” 

In 2017 as a result of transphobia/homophobia in Chilliwack’s community, Peggy Janicki wove a shawl for Sts’iyóye smestíyexw slhá:li and held a ceremony to bring “order and grace” out of “chaos and hurt”; see page 20 of Teacher Magazine.


5. Shawnee

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Shawnee is a soul, R&B, pop, and alternative Mohawk Two-Spirit artist. Her music aims to “support, heal, and empower.” Her work has been featured on Disney TV, at NYC Pride, and to support Canada’s suicide crisis.

Although her album has yet to be released, you can still stream it online.

Interested in music? Xwi7xwa has many titles on Indigenous music and artists, CD’s, and more! Here are some helpful tips for navigating our collection:

  • WM = resources organized under call number WM cover topics about music
  • phrase searching “audio cassette” while limiting to Xwi7xwa Library gives you music and language audio
  • search by artist


6. Cris Derksen

Orchestral Powwow

Cris Derksen is a classically trained cellist from NorthTall Cree Reserve on her dad’s side and Mennonite on her mother’s side. Derksen’s music is a fusion of classical, traditional, and contemporary.

Although Xwi7xwa Library has yet to buy copies of Derksen’s albums, you can listen to Orchestral Powwow, The Collapse, and The Cusp online.

You can also read more about Derksen here or by searching “Cris Derksen” in Summon or the Catalogue.

If you like Derksen you might also like Jeremy Dutcher!



7. Continuous by Wiagañmiu (Jenny Irene Miller)


Wiagañmiu is Inupiaq from Nome, with roots in Kiqigin (Wales, Alaska). Miller identifies as both gay and Two-Spirit and her photography supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and Indigenous LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit communities.

“Continuous is my small answer to the large question: how do we as Indigenous people decolonize our sexualities, genders, and the way we treat individuals who identify outside of the standard binary of male or female? I have replied to that question with this ongoing portrait series featuring members of the Indigenous lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2) community.”

Miller on instagram: @jennyirenemiller

Read more about Miller in her article The Many Ways We Love from Canadian Art.


8. Gender

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Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood

Between October 2010 and May 2013, Sam McKegney conducted interviews with leading Indigenous artists, critics, activists, and elders on the subject of Indigenous manhood. In offices, kitchens, and coffee shops, and once in a car driving down the 401, McKegney and his participants tackled crucial questions about masculine self-worth and how to foster balanced and empowered gender relations.

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Indigenous Men and Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration

Innes and Anderson bring together prominent thinkers to explore the meaning of masculinities and being a man within such traditions, further examining the colonial disruption and imposition of patriarchy on Indigenous men. Building on Indigenous knowledge systems, Indigenous feminism, and queer theory, the sixteen essays by scholars and activists from Canada, the U.S., and New Zealand open pathways for the nascent field of Indigenous masculinities. The authors explore subjects of representation through art and literature, as well as Indigenous masculinities in sport, prisons, and gangs.

For CBC Interview with Rob Innes (co-editor) see here.

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Kent Monkman and Miss Chief

Cree artist Kent Monkman and gender-fluid Miss Chief Eagle Testickle explore topics on colonization, sexuality, loss, and resilience.

For CBC Radio interview see here.

Find resources on Monkman at Xwi7xwa Library!


Xwi7xwa Library Spotlight Series presents: Resources on Sacred Sites


Sacred sites are locations that have been set aside from the places we encounter in our everyday lives and generally fall within two general categories: built structures or natural places. They have been set aside because they are deemed to have a spiritual or religious purpose and sacred meaning within a cultural context. These places may be associated with sacred stories, ceremonies, rituals and practices.”

(from Sacred Sites International Foundation)



Xwi7xwa Library has curated a short list of titles that relate to Indigenous sacred sites. For more information on sacred sites see Indigenous Corporate Training’s article and Sacred Sites International Foundation.



 Indigenous Earth: Praxis and Transformation edited by Ellen Simmons

Indigenous Earth: Praxis and Transformation, is a collection of essays that bring together voices from a diverse range of academics and practitioners in environmental and social concerns. Topics vary in range from practice in conservation biology to sustainable natural resource management as well as research and development of theory ranging from Indigenousenvironmental ethics to critical issues in cultural heritage and intellectual property. Contributing essays include voices from Peru, Bolivia, Philippines, Norway, United States, and Canada. To preserve the integrity of the variety of disciplines of the contributors, the editor decided to maintain the variety of styles featured in the separate essays.

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Is the Sacred for Sale? Tourism and Indigenous Peoples by Alison M. Johnston

Is the Sacred for Sale? looks at our present crossroads in consumer society. It analyses the big questions of tourism, clarifying how tourism can support biodiversity conservation. It also offers a cross-cultural window to the divide between corporate thinking and sacred knowledge, to help us understand why collisions over resources and land use are escalating. Finally, we have a full spectrum of information for healthy dialogue and new relationships.

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Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming by Winona LaDuke

When she invites us to “recover the sacred,” Winona LaDuke is requesting far more than the rescue of ancient bones and beaded headbands from museums. For LaDuke, only the power to define what is sacred-and gain access to it-will enable Indigenous communities to remember who they are and fashion their future.Based on a wealth of research and hundreds of interviews with Indigenous scholars and activists, LaDuke’s book examines the connections between sacred sites, sacred objects, and the sacred bodies of her people, focusing on the conditions under which traditional beliefs can best be practiced. Describing the numerous gaps between mainstream and Indigenous thinking, she probes the paradoxes that abound for peoples of the Americas and points a way forward for Indigenous people and their allies.

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Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions by Andrew Gulliford

Combines Indigenous oral histories, photographs, drawings and case studies to present current issues of cultural preservation vital to Indigenous people such as the repatriation of human remains, the curation and exhibitions of sacred masks and medicine bundles, and protecting sacred places on private, state, and public land.

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Unsettling the Commons: Social Movements Within, Against, and Beyond Settler Colonialism by Craig Fortier

Drawing on interviews with 51 anti-authoritarian organizers to investigate what it means to struggle for “the commons” within a settler colonial context, Unsettling the Commons interrogates a very important debate that took place within Occupy camps and is taking place in a multitude of movements in North America around what it means to claim “the commons” on stolen land. Travelling back in history to show the ways in which radical left movements have often either erased or come into clear conflict with Indigenous practices of sovereignty and self-determination–all in the name of the “struggle for the commons,” the book argues that there are multiple commons or conceptualizations of how land, relationships, and resources are shared, produced, consumed, and distributed in any given society. As opposed to the liberal politics of recognition, a political practice of unsettling and a recognition of the incommensurability of political goals that claim access to space/territory on stolen land is put forward as a more desirable way forward.

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Xwi7xwa would like to thank Elena Pederson, Publications & Web Services Assistant, from UBC Education Library for her work on designing our digital signage.

The list of courses with Indigenous content is now available!


According to the 2019 University of British Columbia Course Calendar and departmental course descriptions, there are 114 courses, from 33 different departments, that have a significant amount of Indigenous content being offered for the Summer 2019 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

MMIWG Selected Titles

  1. Stolen Sisters: the story of two missing girls, their families, and how Canada has failed Indigenous Women by Emmannuelle Walter

In 2014, the nation was rocked by the brutal violence against young Aboriginal women Loretta Saunders, Tina Fontaine and Rinelle Harper. But tragically, they were not the only Aboriginal women to suffer that year. In fact, an official report revealed that since 1980, 1,200 Canadian Aboriginal women have been murdered or have gone missing. This alarming official figure reveals a national tragedy and the systemic failure of law enforcement and of all levels of government to address the issue.

Journalist Emmanuelle Walter spent two years investigating this crisis and has crafted a moving representative account of the disappearance of two young women, Maisy Odjick and Shannon Alexander, teenagers from western Quebec, who have been missing since September 2008. Via personal testimonies, interviews, press clippings and official documents, Walter pieces together the disappearance and loss of these two young lives, revealing these young women to us through the voices of family members and witnesses.

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  1. Highway of Tears a film by Matt Smiley

Highway of Tears‘ is about the missing or murdered women along a 724 kilometer stretch of highway in northern British Columbia. None of the 18 cold-cases since the 1960’s had been solved, until project E-Pana (a special division of the RCMP) managed to link DNA to Portland drifter, Bobby Jack Fowler with the 1974 murder of 16 year-old hitchhiker, Colleen MacMillen. In Canada, over 600 Aboriginal women have been reported missing or been murdered since the 1960s. Viewers will discover what the effects of generational poverty, residential schools, systemic violence, and high unemployment rates have done to First Nations reserves and how they tie in with the missing and murdered women in the Highway of Tearscases. Aboriginal women are considered abject victims of violence. Now find out what First Nations leaders are doing to try and swing the pendulum in the other direction.

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  1. Injustice in Indian Country: Jurisdiction, American Law, and Sexual Violence Against Native Women by Amy L. Casselman

Living at the intersection of multiple identities in the United States can be dangerous. This is especially true for Native women who live on the more than 56 million acres that comprise America’s Indian country – the legal term for American Indian reservations and other land held in trust for Native people. Today, due to a complicated system of criminal jurisdiction, non-Native Americans can commit crimes against American Indians in much of Indian country with virtual impunity. This has created what some call a modern day ‘hunting ground’ in which Native women are specifically targeted by non-Native men for sexual violence. In this urgent and timely book, author Amy L. Casselman exposes the shameful truth of how the American government has systematically divested Native nations of the basic right to protect the people in their own communities. A problem over 200 years in the making, Casselman highlights race and gender in federal law to challenge the argument that violence against Native women in Indian country is simply collateral damage from a complex but necessary legal structure. Instead, she demonstrates that what’s happening in Indiancountry is part of a violent colonial legacy – one that has always relied on legal and sexual violence to disempower Native communities as a whole. Injustice in Indian Country tells the story of American colonization through the eyes of Native women as they fight for justice. In doing so, it makes critical contributions to the fields of American law and policy, social justice and activism, women’s studies, ethnic studies, American Indian studies, and sociology.

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  1. Will I see? by Davis A. Robertson; illustrated by GMB Chomichuk

May, a young teenage girl, traverses the city streets, finding keepsakes in different places along her journey. When May and her kookum make these keepsakes into a necklace, it opens a world of danger and fantasy. While May fights against a terrible reality, she learns that there is strength in the spirit of those that have passed. But will that strength be able to save her? A story of tragedy and beauty, Will I See illuminates the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women. Based on the story by Iskwé and Erin Leslie.

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  1. Sans Nimama by Melanie Florence; illustrated by Francois Thisdale

A young mother, one of the many missing indigenous women, watches over her small daughter as she grows up without her nimama. Together, but separated, they experience important milestones: the first day of school, first dance, first date, a wedding, and new life. A free-verse story of love, loss, and acceptance told in alternating voices, Missing Nimama shows the human side of a national tragedy. An afterword by the author provides a simple, age-appropriate context for young readers.

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  1. Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

The National Inquiry’s Final Report reveals that persistent and deliberate human and Indigenous rights violations and abuses are the root cause behind Canada’s staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people. The two volume report calls for transformative legal and social changes to resolve the crisis that has devastated Indigenous communities across the country.
The Final Report is comprised of the truths of more than 2,380 family members, survivors of violence, experts and Knowledge Keepers shared over two years of cross-country public hearings and evidence gathering. It delivers 231 individual Calls for Justice directed at governments, institutions, social service providers, industries and all Canadians.
As documented in the Final Report, testimony from family members and survivors of violence spoke about a surrounding context marked by multigenerational and intergenerational trauma and marginalization in the form of poverty, insecure housing or homelessness and barriers to education, employment, health care and cultural support. Experts and Knowledge Keepers spoke to specific colonial and patriarchal policies that displaced women from their traditional roles in communities and governance and diminished their status in society, leaving them vulnerable to violence.

Find the report online


Upcoming: we are currently developing a MMIWG research guide


Xwi7xwa would like to thank Andrea Groban-Oakunsheyld for allowing us to use their image in this spotlight series.

Xwi7xwa would like to thank Elena Pederson, Publications & Web Services Assistant, from UBC Education Library for her work on designing our digital signage.

This year for the seventh annual Indigenous (Un)History Month the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre invites you to participate in various events across UBC campus from June 1st to August 31st.


What is Indigenous (Un)History month?

Indigenous (Un)History Month, formerly Aboriginal (Un)History Month, began in 2011. Every year a new exhibit is created to:

  • celebrate Aboriginal creativity, scholarship, and intellectual traditions,
  • cultivate conversations about relationship, representation and recognition,
  • inspire participants to be better informed about the Indigenous lands and 
peoples of whom we are guests


For more information on Indigenous (Un)History Month and past exhibit click here and here.

For information on the exhibit and directions click here.

For information on RavenSpace click here.


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