Honouring First Nations in the Building

The Learning Centre is deeply dedicated to building relationships with Indigenous peoples in British Columbia. We are greatly honoured for these relationships which are represented in IKBLC programming, as well as First Nations art, cultural objects and dedicated spaces in the building.

The UBC Library, including the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, is committed to meaningful engagement with First Nations and Aboriginal communities through its strategic directions.

Our strategy is shaped by UBC’s Strategic Plan Place and Promise and has been implemented in line with the six core principles of Musqueam – UBC Engagement:

      • mutual benefit
      • timeliness
      • meaningful collaboration
    • listening and open communication
    • acknowledgement of history
    • awareness of capacity

We thank Musqueam for contributing to our learning and practice of these principles.


First Nations Art Installations:

The Journey

Musqueam artist Brent Sparrow created this sculpture as an enduring tribute that memorializes his father’s everlasting journey to the spirit world. It is prominently located at the top of the main staircase as you enter from East Mall.

Credit: UBC Library

Brent Sparrow – The Journey

Musqueam Reading Room

This silent study room, located in the south corridor of the 4th floor, is graced by three Musqueam weavings created in their ancestral style.

 Credit: UBC Library

Chronicles of Pride

Through various circumstances, artist Patricia Richardson Logie came to the belief that it was her responsibility as an artist to profile Aboriginal leaders.

In 1983 she began creating the Chronicles of Pride series of portraits. The series consists of thirty-one paintings, concerning the contributions being made to society by contemporary Canadian Aboriginals.

The portraits are located in the Library Administration office on the 2nd floor, and can be viewed in person by making an appointment via email or phone.

View the series on the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s Facebook page.

Download the brochure.

Find the accompanying book and teacher resources at the UBC Library.

Patricia Richardson Logie – Chronicles of Pride

Patricia Richardson Logie – Chronicles of Pride



We would like to gratefully acknowledge that the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and the University of British Columbia are located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.