to the UBCIC Digital
This page is
intended to give some background on
the project, help community researchers navigate our website, and help
new researchers begin their search. The page provides some basic
information about First Nations lands and research tools for land-based
research. Good luck and have fun!
If you are looking for some basic background on the development of
reserves in British Columbia or on the work and impacts of the McKenna
McBride Royal Commission, check out the narratives on this site or
click here. For the response of First Nations to the Commission and
cut-offs, read copies of some of the primary documents on our
'resources' page here. These include selections from the UBCIC
newsletter, publications and selections from the petitions of the
Allied Tribes, including many statements of the assertion of Title.
Watch, listen, and
learn what community members
have been saying about the issues. Audio and video clips are provided
throughout the 'Culture',
narratives, be sure to check these out before you leave the site!
the McKenna McBride
In our collection, there is a database of the testimonies given to the
McKenna McBride Royal Commission. Click
here to jump straight to the
database. They are all
searchable if you are looking for something specific, but for the
moment only six Agencies have been indexed and are browseable.
You can browse for
different place names in the
testimonies or search for discussion on the area you're researching.
There are many testimonies about land use, concerns and interests in
larger land areas. There are testimonies from Chiefs and elders as well
as Indian Agents and settlers.
If you're doing
genealogical research, you could
try to browse or search for family members who may have given testimony.
If you are just starting out in researching your land there are a
couple of publications and resources that the UBCIC has produced that
can help you out. For a list and links to digital copies, please go to www.ubcic.bc.ca/Resources.
We are in the process of developing new tools, so it’s worth
There are some maps
and photos in this digital
collection that might interest you. Click here
for a gallery of maps
and photos arranged by Agency. Note: the Agency arrangement corresponds
to the McKenna McBride Commission's period. If you don't know your
Agency, we do have a map on our testimonies
To get beyond UBCIC
site, we have provided a bibliography
of useful records
that may help your research. There is a lot more information held at
various locations including the UBCIC
Columbia Archives, and the Library
and Archives of Canada. You can
search for archival records
in several BC archives in the British
Columbia Archival Union List.
You can surf sites and most
libraries now have catalogues online. To go beyond your computer, start
at your local library. A librarian should be able to help you get the
resources that you need. The librarians are there to help you!
If you want copies of something on this site (photos or maps) for your
own research, you will have to contact the archive where it is held.
The image or record should indicate its origin if it is not held at the
UBCIC Resource Centre. To contact the archives, select the archive:
UBCIC Resource Centre
and Archives Canada