The beautiful Eagle design on the χʷəχʷéy̓əm signage and the pole wraps used through out the library were created by Roxanne Charles from Semiahmoo First Nation.
The χʷəχʷéy̓əm Indigenous Collection is located at Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Surrey Campus Library (Arbutus building), on the first floor near the elevators.
The space also features four display boxes that regularly house χpey̓əɬp (cedar) weavings, but may also include special displays.
The art piece titled “Kwantlen” by Susan Sparrow Point of Musqueam First Nation features stylized Salmon. This art piece was generously gifted by Jim Cohoon, family of long-time employee Doug Cohoon who worked in Facilities before retiring.
Brian Deer was a Kahnawake Mohawk Librarian who developed the first Indigenous library classification system in Canada in the 1970's. The system has since been adopted by Indigenous-focused collections, such as the X̱wi7x̱wa Library at the University of British Columbia. Brian Deer focuses on Indigenous ways of knowing and relating to the world. The classification structure centers relationship and land, taking a more geographic, community-based approach than the Library of Congress system typically used at academic libraries.
At Kwantlen Polytechnic University, we are very privileged to be working with a localized version of Brian Deer updated by Metis Librarian Ashley Edwards at Simon Fraser University for their Indigenous Curriculum Resource Centre. All the material in the χʷƏχʷe ỷƏm Indigenous Collection have been organized with Edward's localized Brian Deer.