North American Indian Thought and Culture database has many interesting resources about both World Wars. Here are some examples:

An interesting bio about Navajo Code talkers:
Those aboriginal individuals wounded in action WW II:


Some of the items in the Xwi7xwa collection related to Remembrance Day include:
Murdo’s Story 
Native soldiers : foreign battlefields 
World War II and the American Indian / Kenneth William Townsend. 
Ceremony Leslie Marmon Silko
For King and Kanata
Thomas George Prince – Manitobans in Profile
The Edward Curtis Project
Metis veterans of Manitoba
Forgotten warriors
Honouring our peacekeepers
Born on snow
Way of the warrior
When the spirits dance
Year in Nam
You are asked to witness
Native soldiers: foreign battlefields
Forgotten soldiers
Indian profile of a Shuswap war veteran
Canadian Indian policy during the inter-war years
Gene Boy came home [videorecording]
Ayaa [videorecording] : a hero’s journey 
Forgotten warriors [videorecording] / director, Loretta Todd 
Native People in Canada’s Wars [videorecording] 
Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road [videorecording]
Three Day Road
The Indian who bombed Berlin and other stories
Two trails narrow
War games

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was established to gather testimony on survivors’ experiences of the Indian Residential Schools. From September 18 – 22, the Commission is holding its BC National Events in Vancouver. 

As part of this process, the UBC community is encouraged to attend, witness and celebrate the resilience of Aboriginal cultures. UBC is suspending classes on September 18 to allow students, faculty and other members of the UBC community to participate in this historic event and other events around the city.

These events include an opening ceremony, public and private testimonials, film viewings, educational sessions, archival displays and more. 


The Library is contributing to the campus-wide initiative by highlighting Indian Residential Schools in different contexts.


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Our online research guide on Indian Residential Schools in Canada is a good starting point for anyone wanting background information this important, and sensitive, part of Canada’s history. This research guide also highlights UBC’s Indian Residential School Initiative


Several library branches have put up exhibits and displays for the month of September, to highlight Aboriginal issues.

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  • The Education Library display features DVDs and books related to the human rights abuses in the Canadian Indian residential school system and related Aboriginal issues (September).
  • The Koerner Library display features books related to Aboriginal issues (mid-September to end of September). 
  • The Asian Library display (pictured) features resources and media on Canadian Indian Residential schools, but from an Asian perspective (September 16 to 25).




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