The Thompson Rivers University Library had taken steps before Coyote to make the space feel more welcoming to Indigenous students. Some of its signage was made bilingual, in English and Secwépemctsin and more bilingual signs are planned.
Beyond that, the TRU Library is looking at acquiring new Indigenous resources that will support the indigenization of curriculum that is going on throughout the campus. This could be books, DVDs and other forms of documentation and information.
Another option is holding events involving guest speakers or tackling timely issues regarding Truth and Reconciliation, or a ‘living library’ where students can ‘check out’ an elder or another person who can provide knowledge and personal experience.
If space permits, there will be areas designated for quiet reading and reflection of sensitive Indigenous materials, story circles and related activities. And staff will be trained and an Indigenous librarian hired to move forward with awareness and services.
Off campus, the Library is developing partnerships with nearby First Nations to provide preservation and archival expertise of information, knowledge and special collections.