Home Field Advantage: Showcasing Local Independent Vendors


The UBC Bookstore sustainability begins with local endeavors that trigger global impact. That means working with local vendors and providing Canadian-made products that reflects UBC’s larger sustainability plan. Local vendors are a sustainable choice due to the reduction of carbon emissions produced from long-haul transportation (less miles to arrive at our doorstep = less greenhouse gases).

Indigeneity alignment is also a core focus for The UBC Bookstore. We collaborate with UBC‘s Indian Residential School and Dialog Centre, and the Orange Shirt Society on Orange Shirt Day programming.

As part of UBC’s Indigeneity Strategy, we support local and Canadian vendors like:

  • Native Northwest: Supporting Indigenous artists by paying for artwork and royalties for gift ware merchandise.
  • Canadian Art Prints: Focusing on art cards with Indigenous artists
  • Panabo Sales (soon-to-be in stock): Comprehensive range of gift and souvenir products supporting Canadian vendors and Indigenous artists.
  • William Rae Design: Proudly handcrafted and framed art from Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Nuez Acres (soon-to-be in stock): Female-led, indigenous owned business selling Health and Beauty products made from pecan oil
  • Attraction: Canadian family-owned businesses and local clothing supplier
  • Barbarian Rugby: Locally made and customized clothing.

Lastly, if you’re a student with your own business, let us know! The UBC Bookstore supports Student Entrepreneurs by showcasing and selling merchandise made by UBC students and recent alumni. If in store, look for the ‘Made by You, for You’ sign for our latest collection of products provided by UBC student entrepreneurs.


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