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.
|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 Reconciliation: Canada 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|
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, https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1100100013251/1534874002459