These resources document Indigenous history and culture in general, and the evolution of UBC’s relationships with Indigenous Peoples in particular. They include archival materials in all media (textual, photographic, audiovisual, and digital), websites, and Internet-based collections and related resources.
This list is not intended to be fully comprehensive, but will serve as an introduction for researchers. The focus is on materials held in the University Archives. Researchers are advised to consult with staff in other Library branches such as Rare Books and Special Collections and Xwi7xwa Library, as well as the UBC Museum of Anthropology, regarding archival materials in their collections.
Researchers are encouraged to refer to the First Nations Information Governance Centre’s First Nations Principles of OCAP when conducting research with Indigenous Peoples or on Indigenous historical or cultural issues.
For help with proper pronunciation of Indigenous words and names, see this guide issued by the B.C. provincial government, and other similar publications. As examples, Xwi7xwa is pronounced “Way’Wah”, and c̓əsnaʔəm is pronounced “Tsus-na’um” (the single apostrophe [‘] indicates a glottal stop, as in “Hawai’i”).
Patrons researching specific individuals, groups, or events may find information in other collections and resources maintained by the UBC Archives but not listed here. Archives staff are available to provide assistance.
Thanks to Ann Doyle and her colleagues at Xwi7xwa Library for their guidance in compiling the original version of this list.
Thanks to Kai Geddes, Work Learn student assistant, for his 2020 review of both this page and the Archives’ website, and his recommendations for improving them for Indigenous researchers and other users.
Note: The word “Indian” is now outdated and is considered by many Indigenous Peoples to be offensive. However, it is retained here in cases where it is part of an historical organizational name or publication title.
Listed alphabetically – links are to on-line inventories.
These publications are also available in their original paper form.
Note: When searching pre-1970s publications, use search terms like “Indian” or “Native” or names of specific Indigenous Peoples using old spellings such as “Nootka” or “Kwakiutl”. For post-1970s searches, currently-accepted terms like “Indigenous Peoples” or “First Nations”, and current spellings such as “Nuu-chah-nulth” or “Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw”, can also be used.
The Indigitization Program is a collaborative initiative between B.C. Indigenous groups and academic partners from UBC and the University of Northern British Columbia to facilitate capacity building in Indigenous information management.
The Indigitization Toolkit is a collection of resources to support and guide digitization projects in Indigenous communities. The Indigitization Toolkit also fits into the broader goal of providing support to Indigenous Peoples in the management of their information. By supporting digitization projects and building capacity in Indigenous communities, the Toolkit is a stepping stone in safeguarding future generations’ access to valuable community information as well as ensuring the long-term preservation of these resources. This toolkit is invaluable for helping Indigenous Peoples learn how to archive and digitize their historical projects.