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Xwi7xwa - Distance Research

This guide supports researchers working with Indigenous topics. It also supports faculty who are teaching remotely.

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The Importance of Digital Preservation for Indigenous Communities

Dr Rachael Ka’ai-Mahuta of Te Whare o Rongomaurikura – The International Centre for Language Revitalisation at the Auckland University of Technology – talks about why digital preservation is imperative to ensure that the knowledge and information that is shared digitally by indigenous communities be collected, preserved and made accessible to future generations.

Indigenous Content in the UBC Open Collections

Open Collections brings together locally created and managed content from the following open access repositories, maintained by the UBC Library: 

  • cIRcle is the UBC digital repository for research and teaching materials created by the UBC community and its partners.
  • Archives, Rare Books and Special Collections acquires archival materials which document the economic, political, cultural, labour, and literary history of British Columbia and Canada as well as the history of the University. Archival material which is born digital or digitized is included in Open Collections.

  • UBC Library Digital Collections are developed and maintained by the Library. Collectively they document a diverse range of people and places, activities and events, and serve as a resource for students, historians, genealogists, and other researchers.

Open Collections includes digital photos, books, newspapers, maps, videos, theses and more. These publicly-accessible collections are constantly growing and reflect the research interests of the UBC community and beyond.

Open Collections has digital Indigenous content in the areas:

Digital Collections - Canada

Digital Collections - United States

Digital Collections - New Zealand