UBC Library, in partnership with the Musqueam Indian Band, the Centre for Teaching and Learning Technology and the Museum of Anthropology, is coordinating a series of events in June. Aboriginal (Un)History Month celebrates Aboriginal creativity, scholarship, and intellectual traditions. It aims to educate, and cultivate conversations about relationship, representation, and recognition.
The events, which include film screenings, discussions, lectures, exhibits and tours, introduce some of the dimensions of Aboriginal scholarship, and celebrate creative expression and pedagogy at UBC Vancouver and beyond. Throughout the month, these events introduce a wide range of Aboriginal experience and examine different meanings of the term “history” through the leadership of Aboriginal youth, research, media and curriculum resources. Historic representations of Aboriginal peoples have contributed to the development of negative stereotypes. Ways of dislodging stereotypes are explored through a spectrum of imagery, objects, and texts from various media, including student films.
The month of June is designated as “Aboriginal History Month” by the federal government of Canada.
The Museum of Anthropology and Native Youth Program are participating in the following Aboriginal (Un)History Month events:
- June 1-29: Aboriginal (Un)History Month: Cultivating Conversations (Exhibit). Open daily 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. Location: Main Foyer and Ike’s Cafe, Level 2, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Event co-hosted by UBC Library (Xwi7xwa Library, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre), Musqueam Indian Band, and community partners, with participation from the Native Youth Program.
- Wednesday, June 13, 2:00-3:00 p.m.: Native Youth Program (NYP) Student Film Screening. Location: Victoria Learning Theatre (Room 182), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
- Wednesday, June 20, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Guided Open House at the Audrey & Harry Hawthorn Library & Archives and UBC Museum of Anthropology (space is limited so please register in advance). Location: UBC Museum of Anthropology.
- Monday, June 25, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: The Indigitization Tool Kit for First Nations Community Digitization Projects (Presentation). Location: Dodson Room (302), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Co-presented by Mimi Lam (UBC Librarian, Digital Projects), Gerry Lawson (Oral History & Language Lab Coordinator, Audrey & Harry Hawthorn Library & Archives at MOA), and Khelsilem (formerly Dustin Rivers), a Squamish/Kwakwaka’wakw student, cultural educator and language enthusiast.
View the complete list of Aboriginal (Un)History Month events on the UBC Library website.