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UBC Okanagan Library Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Describes EDI work underway at UBCO Library. Provides resources relating to EDI.

Purpose of the group

The Indigenous Strategic Plan Implementation Sub-committee aims to enact the goals and actions of UBC’s Indigenous Strategic Plan in the UBCO Library context in support of the campus and larger community’s engagement with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Calls for Justice, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. 

Membership

  • Sajni Lacey, Learning and Curriculum Support Librarian, Chair

  • Jessica Lowry, Centre for Scholarly Communication Associate

  • Donna Langille, Community Engagement and Open Education Librarian

  • Amanda Brobbel, Senior Manager, Writing and Language Learning Supports

  • Kristy Baxter, Centre for Scholarly Communication Coordinator (On Leave)

  • Christian Isbister, Indigenous Initiatives Librarian

  • Kim Buschert, Faculty of Management Librarian

  • Michelle Tinling, Centre for Scholarly Communication Coordinator

Active projects

  • Develop a plan for engaging with the ISP Self Assessment tool as a Library (in progress)
  • Indigenous Strategic Plan and Inclusion Action Plan Undergraduate Student Internship (ongoing)
  • Library internal live reading group of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action (session two in development)
  • Library participation in the Orange Shirt Day 2022 initiative in collaboration with the larger EDI group and Learning, Research, and Engagement Working Group (in progress)
  • Live reading and discussion of UNDRIP (in progress - tentatively scheduled for winter 2023)

Completed projects

  • Brainstorm ways the Library can actively engage and lead projects related to the goals and actions of the ISP (completed Spring 2022)
  • Indigenous Strategic Plan and Inclusion Action Plan Undergraduate Student Internship (Pilot project completed 2020/21, successful internship 2021/22)
  • Library internal live reading group of the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action (Session 1 completed April 2022)
  • Discussion group on the What I Learned in Class Today - Renew Project Series (completed August 2021)

Orange Shirt Day

We, as a library, wear our orange shirts to signify that we stand in solidarity with survivors and those who have been affected by the harmful legacy of Residential Schools in Canada. We continue to create space amongst our team to learn and acknowledge the ongoing legacy and trauma of Residential Schools. 

We do this through many of the initiatives outlined above, and providing through this group, multiple opportunities for learning, unlearning, and reflection on the role of libraries in colonization and White Supremacy. 

See our full list of books for Orange Shirt Day.