Xwi7xwa (pronounced whei-wha) began in the 1970s with the founding of the Indian Education Resource Centre. The collection later came under the care of the Native Indian Teacher Education Program (NITEP). When the First Nations House of Learning opened the Longhouse in May of 1993, NITEP transferred the collection to Xwi7xwa Library.
Xwi7xwa Library, now a branch of the UBC Library, has collections consisting of approximately 12,000 items, including about 6,000 books, 450 videos, 5,000 vertical file materials, curriculum resources, journals and newspapers, maps, posters, theses and dissertations, the G.A. (Bud) Mintz special collection, and some archival materials. The collections focus on First Nations in British Columbia, but also include contextual materials about Aboriginal people in Canada as a whole.
In addition to special collections, Xwi7xwa has research librarians expert in Indigenous areas, and is an international leader in Indigenous classification research.
Reference librarians are available to help you access the resources of the Xwi7xwa library and anyone with a UBC Library card may borrow materials.
UBC Library also offers an Aboriginal Borrowing Card, available to any self-identified Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) person in Canada. For more information on how to get one of these cards and what resources and services it provides access to, visit this Library page, under the “Aboriginal Community” tab.