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UBC Library is pleased to announce an upcoming presentation by a Māori Librarian, Anahera Morehu, on indigenous people and collections. “Housing the knowledge of tangata whenua (indigenous people)” will focus on how information professionals can build respectful collections.

Cultural organisations house most of the written historical information of tangata whenua (Indigenous people), however, not many organizations have partnerships with Indigenous peoples. Anahera Moheru (University of Auckland) will present insights from her journeys in facilitating the forming of partnerships or relationships. Through partnerships, information managers are able to discern and create guidelines that support organisations in better understanding what “indigenous traditional knowledge” is in an information profession context.

Anahera brings a discussion about developing guidelines for Indigenous traditional knowledge held in your organisations – libraries, archives, museums and other cultural institutions. As the National Coordinator for the Mātauranga Māori within New Zealand Libraries, Anahera will present a programme that provides an insight into the world view from the indigenous people of Aotearoa (New Zealand).

The University of British Columbia is located on the traditional, unceded territory of the Musqueam people. 


About the Speaker

Anahera portraitAnahera Morehu is the Library Manager for Arts, Māori and Pacific at the University of Auckland. She presented at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Congress in 2011, at a time when indigenous traditional knowledge was making its initial stance within the constructs of information management. She travels and presents at many indigenous fora where she is able, and honoured, to be the National Coordinator for the Mātauranga Māori within NZ Libraries. Anahera is past Tumuaki of Te Rōpū Whakahau, convenor for the Library and Informtion Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) conference 2014, current LIANZA Hikuwai Regional Councillor, and a member of LIANZA Council.


The University of British Columbia Point Grey campus is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking Musqueam people. We thank Musqueam for its hospitality and support of our work.


In celebration of Aboriginal History Month, a new collaborative exhibit at the Library highlights the history of the Musqueam people before and since Vancouver.

c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city is an unprecedented series of exhibitions about Musqueam’s ancient landscape and living culture, at three distinct locations. As part of Aboriginal History Month at UBC Library, the curators of c̓əsnaʔəm have developed a satellite exhibit at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) featuring belongings, replicas, images, maps  and video.

The IKBLC exhibit looks at Musqueam ways of knowing, especially the ways they know and connect to their territory, and their ancestors’ ancient belongings. The exhibit uses the term “belonging” instead of item or artifact to show the ongoing connections to the belongings of ancestors. For example, one case features actual belongings recovered from the ancient site, while a neighboring case includes replicas made by present day Musqueam community members.

“Making belongings based on oral histories and stories in my community is really interesting and fun,” says Morgan Guerin, a Musqueam community member and Councillor who made harpoon points and antler tools to be used in the exhibit. Guerin also created a Sturgeon harpoon, the first made at Musqueam in nearly 100 years.


Casts of belongings used in for the exhibit at MOA.


Belonging created by Morgan Guerin.

Located in the area now commonly known as the neighbourhood of Marpole in Vancouver, c̓əsnaʔəm was first occupied almost five thousand years ago. It became one of the largest of the Musqueam people’s ancient village sites – at what was then the mouth of the Fraser River. Over the past 125 years, archaeologists, collectors and treasure hunters have mined the c̓əsnaʔəm village and burial ground for artifacts and ancestral remains.

Designated as a National Historic Site in 1933, the site is obscured by an intersection of railway lines, roads and bridges to Richmond and the YVR Airport. However, c̓əsnaʔəm has continued to be an important cultural site for the Musqueam community.


The exhibition is open to the public daily from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m., on Level 2 of the IKLBC, and will be on display until August 26.



About c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city

Musqueam First Nation, the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at UBC, and the Museum of Vancouver (MOV) partnered on a groundbreaking exploration of an ancient landscape and living culture. c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city — a series of three distinct exhibitions, opened in January 2015. The unified exhibits connect visitors with c̓əsnaʔəm — one of the largest ancient village and burial sites upon which Vancouver was built — sharing its powerful 5,000-year history and continuing significance.

Musqueam Cultural Education Resource Centre
4000 Musqueam Ave.

Museum of Anthropology
6393 NW Marine Dr.

Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chestnut Street


About Aboriginal History Month at UBC Library

Every year the Library coordinates an exhibit for Aboriginal History Month in collaboration with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Xwi7xwa Library and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology.


The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre is pleased to award funding to nine new projects as part of the Indigitization: Aboriginal Audio Digitization & Preservation Program (AADP) this summer.

Since 2013, the Indigitization: Aboriginal Audio Digitization and Preservation Program (AADP) has provided grants to B.C. Aboriginal organizations in supporting the conservation, preservation, and access of Indigenous community information resources. The six month program provides equipment, training and funding support to convert audio cassette tapes to digital formats. 

This multi-faceted program provides resources for the digital conversion of at risk audio cassette materials, to support cultural preservation and revitalization efforts. Over the next six months, the following communities will be undertaking their respective projects under the guidance of program staff:

Participant Project Title
Tsilhqot’in National Government Preservation of Tsilhqot’in Intangible Heritage: Digitizing and Enhancing Taped Audio Interviews and Gatherings from the 1960s to 2002
Musqueam Indian Band Musqueam Governance Digitization Project
Haida Gwaii Museum Haida Gwaii Museum – Digitization of Audio Tapes
Xaad Kihlgaa Hl Suu.u Society (XKHS) / Haida Language Society Xaad Kil Digitization Project
Treaty 8 Tribal Association Understanding Traditional Land Use of the Peace Region through Elders Oral History Stories
Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre Indigitization Phase II – Towards a Digital Infrastructure
Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation Digitization – Tape Preservation Project
Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group (HTG) Audio Digitization & Preservation Project 2015
Wuikinuxv Nation Wuikinuxv Tape Digitization Project

The AADP looks forward to welcoming representatives from each of these communities to UBC for an intensive, week-long training program later this month. Congratulations to all the recipients!

For more information on the Indigitization program, please visit the website or contact Sarah Dupont, Aboriginal Engagement Librarian.


About Indigitization

Indigitization is a collaborative project between the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC), the First Nations Technology Council (FNTC), and three First Nations communities: Heiltsuk, Ktunaxa, and ‘Namgis. Other contributors include UBC’s Museum of Anthropology (MOA), School for Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS), and the First Nations House of Learning (FNHL).

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the School of Nursing at UBC. Following World War II, governments began extending healthcare to residents living in northern remote communities as a way to “modernize” the vast region and to pave the way for increased resource extraction. Small outpost nursing stations were established across the north where nurses, often working alone and facing a number of challenges, delivered health care services to the primarily Aboriginal population. However, the nurses’ roles and their perceptions of the communities where they worked were often ambiguous and contradictory, resulting in a mixed experience for nurses and patients alike. Drawing from the nurses’ personal correspondence and interviews, this presentation will examine the perspectives about the places where nurses worked and the people they provided services to during a time of significant change.

Select Articles Available at UBC Library

McBain, L. (2013). Jurisdictional boundaries and the challenges of providing health care in a northern landscape. Nursing History Review, 21, 80-88. doi:10.1891/1062-8061.21.80. [Link]

McBain, L. (2012). Pulling up their sleeves and getting on with it: Providing health care in a northern remote region. Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, 29(2), 309. [Link]

McBain, L., & Morgan, D. (2005). Telehealth, geography, and jurisdiction: Issues of healthcare delivery in northern saskatchewan. Canadian Woman Studies, 24(4), 123. [Link]

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Aboriginal Health

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the SFU-UBC Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium. In visioning approaches to Indigenize the academy, the 13th Annual Indigenous Graduate Student Symposium (IGSS) explores concepts, practices, innovations, and challenges of making academe more respectful and responsive to Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Indigenous communities, and learners.

Keynote Speaker: David Newhouse, Onondaga from the Six Nations of the Grand River community near Brantford, Ontario. He is Chair and Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies & Associate Professor, Business Administration, Trent University.

Respondents: Dr. Ethel Gardner, Sto:lo, Elder, Simon Fraser University & Dr. Amy Parent, Nisga’a, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Indigenous Education, Indigenous Education Institute of Canada/Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia. Hosted by the IGSS Planning Committee & SAGE & Sponsors: Simon Fraser University; UBC Faculty of Education’s Indigenous Education Institute of Canada; and SAGE (Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement).

The Indigitization program focuses on the conservation and preservation of Indigenous community information resources. The deadline for applications has been extended to 5 pm on April 8th, 2015.

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