xʷnaʔəlməxʷ sχəχi:ls, the Journal of First People’s Writing (JFPW) is an open access, student-run, and peer-reviewed undergraduate journal created by students at the University of British Columbia. JFPW publishes submissions by students from across Turtle Island, and is edited on the unceded, ancestral and occupied territories of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples, the People of the River Grass. We are dedicated to honouring, nurturing and holding up our relationships with the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm community. We thank and honour xʷməθkʷəy̓əm for their lands, community, and their continued resistance.
xʷnaʔəlməxʷ sχəχi:ls grew out of an identified gap in the academy, which makes publishing undergraduate work in critical Indigenous and Decolonial studies significantly more difficult than in other disciplines. As a decolonial and open-access publication, JFPW is committed to centering Indigenous voices and to making undergraduate publication more accessible to students producing work in the multi-disciplinary fields of Indigenous and Decolonial studies. The journal’s mandate is to bring visibility to the importance and value of Indigenous voices and studies in the academy. We encourage academic and creative submissions from a broad range of sources, including essays, reviews, reflections, poetry, stories, and art.