We are a team of land rights research specialists that have been documenting various aspects of the Indian Land Question for bands from around the province of BC for the last 25 years. In addition to land claims research, we have a mandate to provide research skills training to BC’s aboriginal community, through conferences and workshops. To this end, UBCIC Research has produced a number of research/legal publications, including a comprehensive research skills manual for community-based researchers.
There are a number of different types of research being carried out by First Nations in BC, not all of it connected to federal land claims policy. The UBCIC Specific Claims Research Program has been particularly involved in recent years in the Joint First Nations/Crown Task Force efforts to overhaul the federal specific claims process. We also watch provincial programmes like the Traditional Use Study Programme which you can visit our traditional use studies page. We are also very involved in monitoring and addressing access to information issues faced by First Nations researchers.
UBCIC Research staff play a key role in supporting the UBCIC Resource Centre, a specialized research collection focusing on First Nations and BC lands issues which exists to serve all researchers working on behalf of BC Indian bands.
UBCIC Research has also developed a database to help researchers navigate the complex RG 10 (Department of Indian Affairs records at the National Archives of Canada) records group. At this time, the database is only available in the UBCIC Resource Centre. The UBCIC RG 10 database will be available on-line soon, You can still search the RG10 finding aids through the National Archives of Canada website here.
We also intend to make a selection of our UBCIC historical reports, such as Our Homes Are Bleeding collection and the McKenna-McBride Royal Commission Final Report, which are of general applicability to all BC bands, available on-line.
If you are a community researcher, please feel free to contact us for a personal orientation of the library's resources, or for trouble-shooting advice about any lands-related research problems you may be encountering.
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