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June is Indigenous History Month!

Written by Library in Library Blog on June 24, 2020

June is National Indigenous History Month, where we take time to recognize and honour the history, heritage and achievements of the Indigenous peoples of Canada.

We celebrate the contributions that Indigenous peoples have made to Canada, as well as specific Indigenous figures that have made their mark on Canadian history; if you are interested in reading up on some Indigenous figures that have contributed to Canada’s cultural landscape, you can do so on the Government of Canada’s page on Indigenous History-Makers.

The government also provides further information on a variety of topics that are important to Indigenous history, including information on treaty-making between the Indigenous peoples and the government of Canada, the history of residential schools, reconciliation, and many more topics available for viewing here. 

If you would like to read up on the past and present of the Indigenous peoples, here is an educational resource that gives a detailed history of Indigenous peoples in Canada. To learn more about Indigenous communities around BC, head over to the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations Interactive Map 

Alexander College is located on ancestral and unceded Traditional Coast Salish Lands including the Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ), Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw) and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Nations.  

eBooks on Indigenous History




Author PermaLink Book Cover
Roots of Entanglement: Essays in the History of Native-Newcomer Relations  Rutherdale, Myra, et al. Link
Recollecting: Lives of Aboriginal Women of the Canadian Northwest and Borderlands  Carter, Sarah and Patricia Alice McCormack  Link
Indigenous Women, Work, and History: 1940-1980  McCallum, Jary Jane Logan  Link
A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System  Milloy, John and Mary Jane McCallum  Link
Residential Schools and ReconciliationCanada Confronts Its History  Miller, J.R.  Link
Medicine Unbundled: A Journey Through the Minefield of Indigenous Health Care  Geddes, Gary  Link
Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens: A History of Native-Newcomer Relations in Canada  Miller, J.R.  Link
Aboriginal People and Colonizers of Western Canada to 1900  Carter, Sarah  Link
Hidden in Plain Sight: Contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Canadian Identity and Culture, Volume I  Newhouse, David, et al.  Link
Hidden in Plain Sight: Contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Canadian Identity and Culture, Volume II  Voyageur, Cora J., et al.  Link


Additional Resources

For further recommendations on Indigenous reading material, please check out the Indigenous Reads reading list put together by the Government of Canada. It includes a selection of interesting material suggestions from talented Indigenous creators. 

CBC has also compiled a list of short documentaries featuring Indigenous peoples and their stories that are available for viewing within Canada. 



Cover Image: National Indigenous Peoples Day poster. Government of Canada, 2020,

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