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Indian-Horse“Wagamese pulls off a fine balancing act: exposing the horrors of the country’s residential schools while also celebrating Canada’s national game.” – James Grainger, Globe & Mail

“Wagemese’s writing qualifies as an act of courage.” – Donna Bailey Nurse, National Post

“If we want to live at peace with ourselves, we need to tell our stories.” – Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

In this emotional tale of Saul Indian Horse, Richard Wagamese tells the realistic story of a man whose life is drastically changed by one of Canada’s most painful histories. When Saul was a child he was taken away from his family and forced into an Indian Residential School where he witnessed and experienced unimaginable abuses at the hands of the school’s educators. In spite of the harrowing atrocities, it is at the school that Saul discovers his love of hockey, a game that, for a short time, serves as a means of escape. Saul’s talent leads to a draft with a minor league team and a spot on Team Canada during the 1972 Canada-Soviet Summit Series. However, as Saul grows into a man, he struggles with racism and alcohol addiction. Saul’s tumultuous adulthood eventually leads him back to his roots, where he confronts his past and begins a new journey towards healing.

Richard Wagamese is an Ojibway author from the Wabaseemoong First Nation in Northwestern Ontario. He is the author of several fiction and non-fiction works including For Joshua: An Ojibway Father Teaches His Son, Runaway Dreams, and Indian Horse. Wagamese has also been a journalist and, in 1991, became the first Aboriginal Canadian to receive the National Newspaper Award for Column Writing. His most recent novel, Indian Horse, was chosen as the winner of First Nation Communities Read, and is on the Globe and Mail’s bestseller’s list as well as the Canadian Booksellers Association’s bestseller’s list. Among his awards, Wagamese’s memoir One Native Life was listed as one of The Globe and Mail’s 100 Best Books of 2008. In 2010 he accepted an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Thompson Rivers University. Wagamese currently lives just outside of Kamloops, BC with his wife, Debra Powell, and Molly the Story Dog.

rdThe purpose of this guide is to link teacher candidates and teacher-librarians to young adult and children’s literature, teaching ideas, images, YouTube videos and web resources that will be useful in observing Remembrance Day in BC schools.



Photo credit: Lauren Cathy Turner via Flickr

dhahan brochureTuesday, October  8th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Golden Jubilee Room (Level 4), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

With 120 million speakers around the world, Punjabi is one of the most commonly spoken languages in Canada. On Tuesday, October 8th, the Dhahan International Punjabi Literature Prize celebrates the Punjabi language, history, and literature at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

For more information, please visit the Department of Asian Studies at UBC’s website here.

Our Truth: Truth and Reconciliation at UBC” Hosted by IKBLC Program Services and the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (September 17-October 31, 2013)

From irsi.aboriginal.ubc.ca:

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was established to gather testimony on survivors’ experiences of the Indian Residential Schools. From the 18th to the 21st of September 2013, the Commission will be conducting the last of its west coast National Events in Vancouver. UBC has taken the extraordinary step of suspending classes on September 18th so that students, faculty, and other members of the UBC community might more fully participate in this historic event and the other events around the city supporting it. Many initiatives are underway on campus prepare for our participation in this event.”

The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology (CTLT) are engaging with campus and community partners to support education and awareness about Indian Residential Schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. This exhibit encourages its audience to ask reflective questions on its inquiry about this tragic piece of Canada’s history. Please visit the IKBLC gallery to learn more about Indian Residential Schools Initiatives on campus and in the city of Vancouver. We thank our campus partners for contributing content to this exhibition: The Museum of Anthropology’s Speaking to Memory: Images and Voices from St. Michael’s Indian Residential School exhibition, The First Nations Studies Program, CTLT, and the First Nations House of Learning.


using_computerThe Faculty of Education and UBC Library have teamed up to introduce UBC’s first LOOC – or local open online course.

The offering, part of UBC’s Master of Educational Technology program, is meant to help UBC students, staff and faculty hone their digital literacy skills. The course, called M101, features topics including Mining (research), Meshing (idea creation) and Mobilizing (generating value from information and knowledge).

The LOOC is open to all members of the UBC community who have a campus-wide login. M101 is self-paced, and users can build their skills in any area, in any order that they wish. As the name suggests, a LOOC is a localized form of a MOOC – or massive open online course. MOOCs have been a big topic in online education recently and UBC’s first MOOC – which launched in January 2013 with Stanford University – attracted more than 130,000 registrants.

The LOOC project received a grant from UBC’s Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund in spring 2013. Work began in April, and the LOOC was opened to co-authors of content, including UBC librarians, in July. The first set of students from the MET program will be able to contribute as of September.

For more, visit UBC Library’s site.


Westlaw Canada & LexisNexis Quicklaw
(Part of the Law – Commercial Databases Training Sessions)

• For all UBC Law Students and Faculty
• Registration is required – please click on the appropriate link below to sign up
• Please have your IDs and passwords before attending sessions
• Location: Allard Hall Room 104 /106 / 121 (depending on the session)
• E-mail Elim Wong, Reference Librarian in the Law Library if you require passwords or have any questions.

LexisNexis Quicklaw
• Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Allard Hall Room 104 – Click here.
• Friday, September 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Allard Hall Room 121 -Click here.

Westlaw Canada
• Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Allard Hall Room 104 106 -Click here.
• Friday, September 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Allard Hall Room 121 -Click here.


Photo in poster courtesy of The Catholic Register by Michael Swan

The new ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ display is now up at UBC’s Education Library in time for the new term in September.

The display features DVDs and books related to the human rights abuses in the Canadian Indian residential school system and related Aboriginal issues.

UBC is suspending classes on September 18 to allow the campus community to participate in activities related to Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) final national event on the West Coast that day.

More from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada website:

“Residential schools for Aboriginal people in Canada date back to the 1870s. Over 130 residential schools were located across the country, and the last school closed in 1996. These government-funded, church-run schools were set up to eliminate parental involvement in the intellectual, cultural, and spiritual development of Aboriginal children. 

During this era, more than 150,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children were placed in these schools often against their parents’ wishes. Many were forbidden to speak their language and practice their own culture. While there is an estimated 80,000 former students living today, the ongoing impact of residential schools has been felt throughout generations and has contributed to social problems that continue to exist. 

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has a mandate to learn the truth about what happened in the residential schools and to inform all Canadians about what happened in the schools.”

An interview with Scott Barry Kaufman was featured in Saturday, July 20′s Globe and Mail.  “As a child, Scott Barry Kaufman had an auditory disorder that made it difficult to process words in real time.  . . . he performed badly in IQ tests, had to repeat Grade 3 and spent years in special education.  He was told that his disability made high-level academic achievement unlikely.  Today Dr. Kaufman is a cognitive psychologist at New York University with a PhD from Yale and a master’s degree from Cambridge.” (Hune-Brown, p. F3)  His latest book, Ungifted:  Intelligence Redefined  ( part of our e-book collection) attempts to come up with a new way of looking at talent and intelligence. 

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