The University of British Columbia Point Grey campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓speaking Musqueam people. We thank Musqueam for its hospitality and support of our work.
UBC Library, in partnership with the Musqueam Indian Band, the Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology and the Museum of Anthropology, will be celebrating Aboriginal scholarship, creativity, and intellectual traditions with its third annual Aboriginal (Un)History Month.
Featuring exhibits at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC) and book displays at several library branches, the (Un)History month activities introduce ways UBC Indigenous scholars are creating relationships, educating and inviting dialogue about indigenous issues.
Since 2009, the month of June has been designated as ‘National Aboriginal History Month’ by the federal government of Canada. National Aboriginal Day is June 21 every year. UBC Library and the participating curators have been observing Aboriginal (Un)History Month since 2011. The exhibits and programs are meant to celebrate Aboriginal creativity, scholarship, and intellectual traditions; cultivate conversations about relationship, representation and recognition; and inspire participants to be better informed about the Aboriginal lands and peoples of whom we are guests.
This year’s theme is “Honouring our Journeys,” which celebrates journeys that have been emotional, spiritual, and educational; personal, community, and institutional; and historic, contemporary, or moment-in-time.
The exhibits at IKBLC foyer include:
- The Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology – Our Time and Place at UBC: Reflecting on the TRC in 2013
- Ch’nook – Indigenous Business Education
- Decolonizing Knowledge – Knowing the Land Beneath Our Feet at UBC
- Musqueam Indian Band – mən̓ə to mana: xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) to Māori (Rotorua, New Zealand)
- The Museum of Anthropology – Claiming Space: Voices of Urban Aboriginal Youth
- Bruce Muir of West Moberly First Nations – Protecting Treaty Rights: the Klinse-Za Caribou Herd’s Journey Towards Recovery
For those interested in online resources,
- Aboriginal Business Education and Resources from the Small Business Accelerator program
- Aboriginal Law research guide
- Delgamuukw Resources guide – Aboriginal Land and Title case
- Delgamuukw Trial Transcripts
- Mungo Martin and UBC’s Early Totem Pole Collection
- həm̓ləsəm̓ House at UBC (Video)
- q̓ələχən House at UBC (Video)
Partners this year include: Musqueam Indian Band, Bruce Muir of West Moberly First Nations, the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at UBC, Ch’nook Indigenous Business Education, the Irving K Barber Learning Centre, the First Nations House of Learning, UBC Library Communications, UBC’s Education Library, the Museum of Anthropology at UBC and Xwi7xwa Library.