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Indigenous Librarianship

Indigenous Librarianship

"Indigenous librarianship unites the discipline of librarianship with Indigenous approaches to knowledge, theory, and research methodology." (Burns, Doyle, Joseph  & Krebs. 2009: 2330). Indigenous Librarianship in Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences (3rd Edition) (pp. 2330-2346). Taylor & Francis (and Open Access rev version).

"It is my view that you need to look carefully at the way Aboriginal people are portrayed in libraries, and you need to reach out to Aboriginal people and show us that we are welcome to participate in an area which we were excluded from for a long time."Mick Dodson, 1993, cited in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Library and Information Resources Network Protocols (2012).

New TRC Report from National Library Federation

From Access to Indigenous knowledges and their cultural materials depends on decolonizing libraries & cultural memory institutions and their services: Report:

"The Truth and Reconciliation Committee of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA-FCAB) released a report today outlining a path forward for respecting Indigenous culture and increasing access to traditional Indigenous knowledge. The 77-page report, which is the product of months of research and evaluation, makes ten recommendations to enhance experiences and opportunities for Indigenous peoples and researchers in Canada by decolonizing libraries and archives and their practices."

Download the report.


Xwi7xwa cIRcle

Visit the Xwi7xwa Library community for Xwi7xwa brochures, working documents, and publications, as well as, our beginning digital collections, including speeches by Verna J. Kirkess (Founding Director of the First Nations House of Learning).

cIRcle is the UBC Institutional Repository of research and teaching materials created by the UBC academic community and its partners.

KIN knowledge in Indigenous networks

Kia aho matuahia te taketake, kia tūwaerea te tau…When intellect turns to intuition, knowledge becomes wisdom