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UBC Reports | Vol. 52 | No. 2 | Feb. 2, 2006

Xwi7xwa Library Gains Full Branch Status

What began as a dream of Indigenous scholarship 30 years ago came to fruition recently when the Xwi7xwa (pronounced whei-wha, for the word “echo” in Squamish language) Library became a full branch of the UBC library system.

Housed for decades in an old war hut in the Faculty of Education’s parking lot, the small collection of curriculum resources maintained by the Native Indian Teacher Education Program (NITEP) was transferred to its current location when the First Nations House of Learning and Xwi7xwa Library opened in May 1993.

Relying on donations and volunteers, the collection of 12,000 books, videos, journals, newspapers, maps, theses and dissertations is one of only a handful of publicly accessible Aboriginal libraries in the world. The materials are organized according to the Brian Deer Classification System, which includes terminology for First Nations concepts such as self-government, and uses First Nations names rather than the European ones assigned by anthropologists.

“As Xwi7xwa becomes stabilized with core funding, it’s in a position to develop a leadership role in Canada as a centre of -- and for -- Indigenous scholarship, and a place where Aboriginal students can see their own experiences and history reflected -- or echoed, if you will -- from Aboriginal perspectives,” says Ann Doyle, Acting Head of Xwi7xwa Library.

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