Indigenous Engagement


We acknowledge that two UBC Bookstores are located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam and Sylix people. We thank the Musqueam Nation and Sylix Okanagan Nation for its hospitality and support of our work. 
As part of our commitment to the UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan and meaningful reconciliation, we partner with Indigenous artists and business owners, work with the UBC Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre (UBC IRSHDC) to support Orange Shirt Day programs and events on campus, and introduce the UBC community to a wide range of books by Indigenous Authors.

Designed by Indigenous Artists

We work with Native Northwest and many talented Indigenous Artists to bring you beautiful designs for your home. When you purchase a bowl, coffee cup or blanket from our collection of home goods, you are supporting the artist behind the design and contributing to the Native Northwest Reconciliation Fund – a community partnership that has so far funded 5 years of student scholarships and bursaries at 13 colleges and universities for 150 Indigenous Students.

Orange Shirt Day

Every year, UBC IRSHDC partners with an Indigenous artist to create a unique Orange Shirt Day t-shirt design. The UBC Bookstore carries orange t-shirts in support of the day and all proceeds from the sale of orange shirts are donated to the Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) and Orange Shirt Society on behalf of UBC. 

2022 Orange Shirt Day Design by xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) artist Darryl Blyth.

Pink Shirt Day

We support Pink Shirt Day (anti-bullying day) by carrying Pink Shirts with an Indigenous design for the UBC community. This year’s Pink Shirt is Kindness is Power by Francis Horne Sr., Coast Salish Artist. The shirt’s design features an eagle forming a heart. Eagles provide a vision of the power of love and kindness within us all.

All proceeds from the sale of this shirt are going towards the Native Northwest Reconciliation Fund to donate more than 1,000 of Learning My Rights with Mousewoman board books to Indigenous youth. Learning My Rights with Mousewoman, by Ts’msyen (Tsimshian) artist and author Morgan Asoyuf, is a first-of-its-kind book that empowers children to learn their rights.

UBC Bookstore staff on Pink Shirt Day, February 23, 2022
Pink Shirt Day display at UBC Bookstore

Books by Indigenous Authors

We strive to continuously introduce the UBC community to Indigenous Voices and stories by featuring a wide range of books by new and established Indigenous Authors. We support Indigenous Author events on campus and partner with the AMS society by hosting an Indigenous Book Market in October, which aims to celebrate Indigenous literature in all genres.

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