Alexander College acknowledges that the land on which we usually gather is the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful to have the opportunity to live and work in this territory.
Questions about the vocabulary used (traditional, ancestral, unceded)? See UBC’s “What is a land acknowledgment” post for more information.
A land acknowledgment is a statement which acknowledges Indigenous presence and the history of colonialism within a specific environment. Acknowledgments function as a gesture of respect and education; these acknowledgments ask settlers (both recent and historical) to situate themselves within an ongoing history of colonialism.
Learn more about the Nations on which you conduct your studies at AC by exploring their websites:
Musqueam Nation (xʷməθkwəy̓əm)
Squamish Nation (Skwxwú7mesh)
Tsleil-Waututh Nation (Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh)
|Title||Author||Call Number||Book Cover|
|Reappraisals in Canadian History||Wallace, C.M.||F 1033 .R42 1999|
|Indigenous in the City: Contemporary Identities and Cultural Innovation||Peters, Evelyn||E 98 .U72I54 2013|
|Beyond the Pale: Dramatic Writing from First Nations Writers and Writers of Colour||Nolan, Yvette||PS 8307 .B496 2004|
|B.C. First Nations Studies||Campbell, Kenneth and Charles Menies||E 96.65 .B7B25 2003|
|Beyond the Indian Act: Restoring Aboriginal Property Rights||Flanagan, Tom||KE 7739 .L3FS3 2010|
|Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography||Brown, Chester||FC 3217.1 .R53B762|
|The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America||King, Thomas||E 77 .K566 2013|
|We Are Metis: A Metis View of the Development of a Native Canadian People||Redbird, Duke||E 78 .C2R43 1980|
|Canada’s First Nations: A History of Founding Peoples from Earliest Times||Dickason, Olive Patricia||E 78 .C2D535 1997|
|Racism and Social Inequality in Canada: Concepts, Controversies, and Strategies of Resistance||Satzewich, Vic||F 1035 .A1.R337 1998|
|Indigenous Writes||Vowel, Chelsea||E 78 .C2V8975 2016|
|Rethinking the Great White North||Baldwin, Andrew||FC 104 .R475 2011|
|Seeing Red||Anderson, Mark Cronlund||PN 4914 .I56A54 2011|
|The Colonial Problem||Monchalin, Lisa||E 78 .C2M59 2015|
|Up Ghost River||Metatawabin, Edmund||E 99 .C88M48 2015|
|The Right to Be Cold||Watt-Cloutier, Sheila||GE 56 .W28A3 2016|
|There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous & Black Communities||Waldron, Ingrid R G||HC 120 .E5W35 2018|
|Heeding the Voices of our Ancestors||Alfred, Gerald R.||E 99 .M8A53 1995|
|The Truth About Stories||King, Thomas||PS 8571 .I5298.T77 2003|
|Title||Author||Call Number||Book Cover|
|The Marrow Thieves||Dimaline, Cherie||PS 8607 .I53M37 2017|
|Empire of Wild||Dimaline, Cherie||PS 8607 .I53E47 2019|
|Red Rooms||Dimaline, Cherie||PR 9199.4 .D56R43 2013|
|A Gentle Habit||Dimaline, Cherie||PR 9199.4 .D56G46 2015|
|Islands of Decolonial Love||Simpson, Leanne||PS 8637 .I4865 I75 2015|
|Monkey Beach||Robinson, Eden||PS 8585 .O35143M65 2001|
|Grass Dancer||Power, Susan||PS 3566 .O83578G73 1995|
|Indian Horse||Wagamese, Richard||PS 8595 .A363I64 2012|
Want to reserve one of these titles? Email email@example.com with your student # and the book title.
|Recollecting: Lives of Aboriginal Women of the Canadian Northwest and Borderlands||Carter, Sarah and Patricia Alice McCormack||2011||Link|
|A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System||Milly, John and Mary Jane McCallum||2017||Link|
|The Education of Augie Merasty: A Residential School Memoir||Merasty, Joseph Auguste and David Carpenter||2015||Link|
|Medicine Unbundled: A Journey Through the Minefield of Indigenous Health Care||Geddes, Gary||2017||Link|
|Iroquois in the West||Barman, Jean||2019||Link|
|Violence Against Indigenous Women: Literature, Activism, Resistance||Hargreaves, Allison||2017||Link|
|Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada||Lavell-Harvard, D. Memee, and Jennifer Brant||2016||Link|
|Metis and the Medicine Line: Creating a Border and Dividing a People||Hogue, Michel||2015||Link|
|Metis Pioneers: Marie Rose Delorme Smith and Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed||MacKinnon, Doris Jeanne||2018||Link|
|Inuit Stories of Being and Rebirth: Gender, Shamanism, and the Third Sex||d’Anglure, Bernard Saladin||2018||Link|
|Our Ice Is Vanishing / Sikuvut Nunguliqtuq: A History of Inuit, Newcomers, and Climate Change||Wright, Shelley||2014||Link|
|Read, Listen, Tell: Indigenous Stories From Turtle Island||McCall, Sophie et al.||2017||Link|
|Living on the Land: Indigenous Women’s Understanding of Place||Kermoal, Nathalie J. et al.||2016||Link|
|Appropriating Guilt: Reconciliation in an Aboriginal Canadian Context||Rymhs, Deena||2006||Link|
|The Battle at Maple Bay: The Dynamics of Coast Salish Political Organization through Oral Histories||Angelbeck, Bill and Eric McLay||2011||Link|
|Indigenous Resistance and Racist Schooling on the Borders of Empires: Coast Salish Cultural Survival||Marker, Michael||2009||Link|
|Revitalising Language Through Music: A Case Study of Music and Culturally Grounded Pedagogy in Two Kanien’ke:ha (Mohawk) Language Immersion Programmes||Vallejo, Jessie M.||2019||Link|
|Commons, Enclosure, and Resistance in Kahnawá:ke Mohawk Territory, 1850-1900.||Rueck, Daniel||2014||Link|
|The Cultural Economy of Survival: The Mi’kmaq of Cape Breton in the Mid-19th Century||Parnaby, Andrew||2008||Link|
|DANE-ZAA ORAL HISTORY: Why It’s Not Hearsay||Ridington, Robin||2014||Link|
|Living Treaties, Breathing Research||Craft, Aimée||2014||Link|
|MALI QUELQUELTALKO: The Writings of a Nineteenth-Century Nlaka’pamux Woman||Feriredale, Jenni||2019||Link|
|WHOSE LAND IS IT? Rethinking Sovereignty in British Columbia||Claxton, Nicholas Xemŧoltw and John Price||2019||Link|
|The Disposition of the Ladies: Mi’kmaw Women and the Removal of the King’s Road Reserve, Sydney, Nova Scotia||Walls, Martha||2016||Link|
|“She is Transforming:” Inuit Artworks Reflect a Cultural Response to Arctic Sea Ice and Climate Change||Rathwell, Kaitlyn J.||2020||Link|
|An elder on sea ice: an interview with Aipilik Inuksuk of Igloolik, Nunavut||Aporta, Claudio and Joh MacDonald||2011||Link|
|Marked by Fire: Anishinaabe Articulations of Nationhood in Treaty Making with the United States and Canada||Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark, Heidi||2012||Link|
|Title||Director||Call Number||Date||DVD Cover|
|Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner||Kunuk, Zacharias||DVD ATA||2009|
|Rhymes for Young Ghouls||Barnaby, Jeff||DVD RHY||2004|
|Angry Inuk||Arnaquq-Baril, Alethea||DVD ANG||2017|
|Reel Injun||Diamond, Neil||DVD REE||2009|
Open access resources are resources that are available to everyone for free online. Links here will lead to sites where you can download textbooks or access journals related to LGBTQ Studies.
Canadian History: Pre-Confederation by John Douglas Belshaw
An open access textbook that surveys Canadian History until 1867, including a chapter on Aboriginal Canada before Contact. You can access it here.
Knowing Home: Braiding Indigenous Science with Western Science, Book 1 by Gloria Snively and Wanosts’a7 Lorna Williams
This text reviews Indigenous science topics including the historical foundations and Indigenous scientific curriculum. You can access it here.
Knowing Home: Braiding Indigenous Science with Western Science, Book 2 by Gloria Snively and Wanosts’a7 Lorna Williams
Book 2 covers a metaphorical study and culturally appropriate projects based on curriulumm level (e.g. high school). You can access it here.
Shingwauk Narratives: Sharing Residential School History by Jenna Lemay
Shingwauk Narratives consist of a series of letters from Rev. Edward F. Wilson and Rev. George Ley King, first and four principals of the Shingwauk Indian Residential School. The letters provide details about daily life at the school, and are an important resource to understand the social and political context in which residential schools operated. You can access it here.
Open Access Peer-Reviewed Journals
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)
Website for the department of the Government of Canada responsible for policies relating to Indigenous peoples.
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Created by groups affected by residential schools in Canada, this site is the permanent home for statements, documents and other materials to share history and move forward.
A digital map of Indigenous territories all over the world.
First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers
This guide, created by the City of Vancouver, is a short introduction to Indigenous communities in Vancouver and Canada. It was created specifically for individuals who are new to Vancouver.
Treaties and agreements
Collection of historic and modern treaties by the Canadian government.
First Nation Profiles
A searchable database of first nations, tribal councils, and reserves.
A website created by First Nations and Indigenous Studies at UBC to assist students, instructors, and the public on aboriginal topics (identity, land, government policy, culture, and more) in Canada.
Xwi7xwa Library Research Guides
A list of detailed Research Guides compiled by UBC’s Xwi7xwa Library. Xwi7xwa Library is UBC’s centre for academic and community Indigenous scholarship.
This is a free 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. The course explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada from an Indigenous perspective.