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UBCIC Resource Centre
The UBCIC Resource Centre is a specialized research library and archives focusing on BC land rights research. We serve all BC First Nations researchers who have a Band Council Resolution (BCR) to conduct research on behalf of a First Nation. Researchers are always welcome, but please call ahead so reference staff and equipment times can be booked for you. Scholars, students, and other researchers may also use the Resource Centre with permission and only after agreeing to abide by our Ethical Research Policy. We are a non-lending library, except for UBCIC staff and by special agreement. A list of recent acquisitions is available here.
An extensive collection of books and periodicals is available in the library. In addition to print materials, the UBCIC Resource Centre also holds many records of the Department of Indian Affairs (RG10) on microfilm. The UBCIC created a finding aid for these materials and they can also be searched through the National Archives of Canada website. Please check our list of RG10 holdings to confirm we have the reels you need.
A new legal research collection in honour of Louise Mandell and her contributions to Indigenous peoples and the law has been developed. This collection includes both a physical collection housed in the Resource Centre which can be accessed through the library catalogue and a digital collection available through the UBCIC website. This collection will continue to expand and evolve as new elements are added including an oral testimony project of video interviews. Fundraising for this collection is ongoing and we do accept online donations.
The UBCIC Resource Centre also recently accepted a very large donation from retired environmental consultant John Jemmett. His extensive collection of thousands of books, papers, and articles will double the volume of print material in the library. This collection which includes works across the entire spectrum of environmental studies and natural sciences and will be very useful to anyone involved with aquatic resources, forestry, wildlife management, energy development or environmental assessment, management and protection. Beginning in April 2013, there will be very limited access to print materials in the library collection while this donation is integrated and catalogued and the existing collection is reclassified into a newly revised scheme. Access to microforms with two new, state of the art scanners and archival materials will continue uninterrupted.
The archival records of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs are also housed in the Resource Centre. These consist of the historical documents, publications, maps, posters, images, documentary films, and audio and video recordings created and received by the UBCIC since its inception in 1969. We are currently in the process of organizing these materials and creating finding aids to make them more accessible to researchers. Some of these materials are available on the Internet in our digital collections.
Policies and Services
Other forms and service information:
The Resource Centre is open by appointment only from Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm. Other times can be accommodated on request.The Resource Centre will be regularly closed on the following days:
We may close with little notice. Our apologies for any inconvenience.
You can contact the Resource Centre by phone at 604.684.0231 or by email at <library at ubcic.bc.ca>