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JUN 2013 | Vol. 3 No. 6

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Library events

Iron Pulpit: Missionary Printing Presses in British Columbia exhibit

Featuring materials produced on missionary printing presses in British Columbia between the 1850s and 1910s, this exhibition looks at printed materials in the context of Indigenous-Christian encounters, colonialism and print culture in the province.

Located in Rare Books and Special Collections, on the first floor of the IKBLC. Open to the public Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Idle no more

Truth and Reconciliation events at UBC

UBC is committed to developing a better awareness and understanding of the Indian Residential School system that operated in Canada from 1875-1996. From the 18 to the 21 of September 2013, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada will be holding a national event in Vancouver.
UBC is suspending classes on September 18, 2013 so that students, faculty, and other members of the UBC community can participate in this historic event.
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Photos from UBC Library.
Cover image from the Aboriginal (Un)History Month exhibit case from the Institute of Aboriginal Health.

Aboriginal (Un)History Month

Throughout the month of June, the Library will celebrate Aboriginal scholarship, creativity and intellectual traditions with its second annual Aboriginal (Un)History Month.

Featuring an exhibit at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (IKBLC), Aboriginal (Un)History Month introduces ways UBC Indigenous scholars are bridging communities and transforming academic spaces through Indigenous approaches to research. It aims to educate and invite dialogue about (inter)relationships between place, recognition and memory. There is also an exhibit at the Asian Library, and book displays at several Library branches.

Persepectives: survey

Explore the exhibits:

  • Engaging Indigenous Knowledge(s) installation: This exhibit features six cases which explore the themes of place and identity, indigenous languages, reconciliation and more. Located in IKBLC on the level 2 foyer. Open to the public daily, from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Iron Pulpit exhibit: Missionary printing press in B.C. (see sidebar)

Check out Aboriginal literature displays in the Education, Koerner, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Xwi7xwa and Woodward libraries.

Browse online resources related to Aboriginal (Un)History Month.


The Delgamuukw Case was a landmark court case that upheld Aboriginal title in British Columbia. Browse the trial transcripts in our digital collection or check out the BC Treaty Commission's A Lay Person's Guide to Delgamuukw (PDF), which provides a concise introduction to the topic.

Mungo Martin collection

Mungo Martin and UBC’s Early Totem Pole Collection
Did you know that UBC has a unique history with First Nations carvings? Learn more from this virtual exhibit.

UBC Library in the news

Our third annual Community Report reflects how changes have impacted our users, communities and staff, and highlights milestones that were achieved as part of our commitment to remain a top North American research library. The report features stories related to our five key strategic directions; video introductions from David Farrar, Provost and VP Academic, and Ingrid Parent, University Librarian; as well as significant achievements and headlines from the past year.

For the latest Library news, visit the About UBC Library site.

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