Miss dropping by the reference desk in Koerner Library to get help with your research? Starting January 25th, 2021, Koerner Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences librarians will be holding virtual reference hours over Zoom. These will be held Monday to Friday, from 11am-2pm.

To join, you can:

  1. Click on the following link: https://ubc.zoom.us/s/67725677759
  2. Use the Meeting ID: 677 2567 7759 and Passcode: 221688 in your Zoom application.

Read more about the other Research Help services we offer!

Friday, February 5, 2021
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm 
Online event! Please register at https://libcal.library.ubc.ca/event/3593609

Happy New Year! Let’s celebrate the year of the White Ox (辛丑年, beginning on Friday, Feb. 12th) by sending our thoughts to family and friends with a handmade card. The ox is said to be patient and kind, good qualities to have in the times we are in. This low-key lunchtime event will give you time to get creative and a space for sharing friendly discussion of New Year’s customs in Asia. All age groups are invited. Bring your own cardmaking supplies: paper, pencil crayons, glue, old pictures or magazines, and scissors are some things you may need. See you in Zoom.

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

UBC Library presents, in partnership with UBC Forestry and the Simon K. Y. Lee Global Lounge and Resource Centre, a conversation with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer on Friday, January 29 (1:00 -2:30 p.m. PST). The acclaimed author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants will be joined by moderators, Dr. Daniel Heath Justice and Corrina Sparrow to discuss the author’s influence on multidisciplinary understandings of her work and how readers can integrate this into our connections with land and each other through our respective disciplinary lenses.

Date and time: Friday, January 29 (1:00 -2:30 p.m. PST)

Location: Online

Register now: https://bit.ly/2Li75xO

Have a particular question for the author? Submit your questions here:  https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6L7JxLNWciJrmIZ 

Forest (Reads) Initiative Course:

Forest(Reads) is a joint initiative between the Faculty of Forestry’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council and the Associate Dean, Academic of the Faculty. The Initiative has a canvas course that anyone with a UBC affiliation can register in, which can be accessed here (https://canvas.ubc.ca/courses/69762).

The course allows participants access to discussion boards as well as access links for our zoom conversations. Participants in the course will be entered in a book draw in early February for a few copies of Braiding Sweetgrass!

For UBC e-book copies & background bios see here.


Registration for this event has reached capacity. If you would like to receive a link to the post-event recording please register using the button below. The post event recording will be sent out Saturday, January 30, 2021.


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UBC Library presents, in partnership with UBC Forestry and the Simon K. Y. Lee Global Lounge and Resource Centre, a conversation with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer on Friday, January 29 (1:00 -2:30 p.m. PST). The acclaimed author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants will be joined by moderators, Dr. Ayesha S. Chaudhry and Corrina Sparrow to discuss the author’s influence on multidisciplinary understandings of her work and how readers can integrate this into our connections with land and each other through our respective disciplinary lenses.

Special thanks to Xwi7xwa Library for their contributions to this event in providing honoraria to the event’s moderators and to Alumni Events for their support in hosting the event.

This free event will be held online, and registration is now full.

A Conversation with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

Date and time: Friday, January 29 (1:00 -2:30 p.m. PST)
Location: Online


About the author:

Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants, which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing, and her other work has appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. She tours widely and has been featured on NPR’s On Being with Krista Tippett and in 2015 addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic of “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.” Kimmerer lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both Indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability.

As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She holds a BS in Botany from SUNY ESF, an MS and PhD in Botany from the University of Wisconsin and is the author of numerous scientific papers on plant ecology, bryophyte ecology, traditional knowledge and restoration ecology. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.

About the moderators:

Dr. Ayesha S. Chaudhry is the Canada Research Chair in Religion, Law and Social Justice and Associate Professor of Islamic studies and Gender studies at the University of British Columbia, where she has served on the Board of Governors. In 2018, she was named a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellow and in 2019, she will be inducted as Member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada. She was a 2016-17 Wall Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Study at UBC and she was the 2015-16 Rita E. Hauser fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She is the author of Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition: Ethics, Law, and the Muslim Discourse on Gender (Oxford University Press, 2014). She has consulted on high-level national and international cases concerning human rights, religious freedom, and pluralism. She works with NGOs and international development organizations to improve women’s rights and promote pluralism. She has just finished writing a book entitled The Colour of God (forthcoming 2021).

Corrina Sparrow comes from the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Nation, and the Qualicum Nation of the Pentlatch People on the west coast of what is now known as British Columbia; and they also have some Dutch ancestry. Corrina is a current PhD student with the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia, whose research explores Coast Salish Two Spirit/Indigequeer identities and resurgence, and how this knowledge informs Two Spirit community development and wellness. Corrina brings extensive community-based experience to their work – from their most recent role as Social Development Manager with xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Nation, to over twenty years of strong advocacy and helping with Indigenous children and families in both rural and urban communities. Corrina sits on multiple working groups for Two Spirit advocacy, including the UBC IRSI-Indigenous Advisory Committee, the Trans, Two Spirit & Gender Diversity Task Force with UBC Equity & Inclusion Office, and they are the elected BC representative, and executive Co-Chair for the national 2 Spirits in Motion Society. Corrina is committed to the animacy of land-based knowledges that inform the centralization, protection, and wellbeing of Two Spirit/Indigequeer kin, and in the promotion of decolonial conceptions of Indigenous gender, sexualities, and research.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indigenous-rattle-making-workshop-tickets-135544925521 

Online workshop for UBC Indigenous Students, Staff, Faculty & Community members.

About this Event

What: Indigenous Rattle-Making Workshop

When: 2 Workshop offerings: Each Workshop requires 2 dates, spaced 1 week apart. The first meeting is for rattle assembly, with a week waiting period to allow the rattles to fully dry, and the second meeting to complete / finish off the rattles and paint them if you wish.

1. January 29th & February 5th 10am-12pm

2. February 23 & March 2nd 10am-12pm

Who: Indigenous UBC Students, faculty & staff, as well as Musqueam Community members.

Cost: $0. Costs are covered by workshop sponsors, but spaces are limited.

Facilitator: Shevonne Hall is a Mohawk/Ojibway artist who lives and works in the Musqueam Community.

“I believe art is medicine that can help with the healing of Indigenous Peoples trauma. Over the past three decades, I have learnt a variety of traditional art forms that I now teach. In doing so, I am part of the seventh generation that reawakens the spirit of our Ancestors.” – (Artist Statement)

Shevonne reinvests proceeds from her art towards purchasing art supplies for Indigenous youth programs in remote / rural Indigenous communities across Canada where access to art stores or supplies is limited and where the cost of shipping for online purchases is prohibitive.

Sponsors: Karleen Delaurier-Lyle & Tamis Cochrane, Xwi7xwa Library, and Health, Wellbeing and Benefits from Human Resources at UBC.

NOTE ON THE RATTLE MEDIUM: The rattles are made with genuine animal hides. This may not be suitable for anyone who is unable to work with hides for personal concerns.

Register here! Join us January 19, 2021 from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Xwi7xwa Library’s Research Guides  are a collection of resources gathered to support common questions we receive from patrons. Patterned patron curiosity informs what topics Xwi7xwa’s guides cover but they must also speak to an individual’s relationship to the topic, therefore the scope of perspectives the guides connect to are broad. One of the main goals of our guides are to place Indigenous knowledges, perspectives, and pedagogy at the forefront of beginning to answer researcher curiosity. This session will cover what research guides are, why specific guides have been created, and how we think responsibly about the information we gather and give.



CW: Sexual Assault and Violence. If you need assistance, the WAVAW Crisis Line provides immediate emotional support 24 hours a day at 604-255-6344 or Toll-Free at 1-877-392-7583.

January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) at UBC (see link for upcoming events). We take this time to raise awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault, share information on available resources, and encourage people to take action to prevent sexualized violence.

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) will be partnering with SFU on providing engagement opportunities in January. Keep an eye on the SAAM website for updates to their calendar of events.

Support and Services at UBC:

  • The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) is a confidential place for those who have experienced, or been impacted by, any form of sexual or gender-based violence, harassment, or harm, regardless of where or when it took place. All genders and sexualities are welcome. Currently services are only available online or over the phone. You can call them at 604-822-1588 or email them at svpro.vancouver@ubc.ca.
  • AMS Sexual Assault Support Center is committed to the education, support, and empowerment of people of all genders who are survivors of sexualized violence, as well as their friends and family. If you need help or want to talk to someone, they can be contacted at 604-872-5180 or sasc@ams.ubc.ca
  • UBC Safewalk provides a way to get from one point on campus to another, safely, after dark. Their walking teams mean you don’t have to walk alone. Measures are in place to follow COVID-19 regulations to keep everyone safe.
  • S.A.R.A. (Sexual Assault & Rape Awareness) is an on-campus, student-led prevention campaign that promotes healthy, consensual sexual activity and educates the campus community to be an active bystander and stand up against rape culture.

Educational Resources:

Support Services for Survivors:

  • WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre: offers trauma-informed feminist support to survivors of sexualized violence. Their services are open to cis and trans women and people of all marginalized genders, including Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary people.
  • Fraser Health Sexual Assault and Violence Resources: provides resources to learn how to get help, the process for reporting incidents to the police, aftercare, and information about forensic nursing services.
  • BC Women’s Sexual Assault Service: provides care to anyone 13 years or older who has been sexually assaulted within the past 7 days.
  • Rape Victim’s Support Network: provides peer counselling and practical help, including advocacy and referrals, to those victimized by rape.
  • Battered Women’s Support Services: provides education, advocacy, and support services to assist all women with the aim to work towards the elimination of violence and to work from a feminist perspective that promotes equality for all women.

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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