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Research Guide: Indigenous Studies



Land Acknowledgement

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.

What is a land acknowledgment?

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

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)

Related Research Guides


Non-Fiction Books in the Library
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
Fiction Books in the Library
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

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Title Author Publication Date PermaLink
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

Academic Journal Articles

Title Author Publication Date PermaLink
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

Stream more films by and about Indigenous peoples in Canada through NFB Campus and CBC Gem.

Articles & Databases

Open Access Resources

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

Aboriginal Policy Studies
International Indigenous Policy Journal

Other Resources

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.

Native Land
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.

Indigenous Foundations
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.

Indigenous Canada
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.

How to Cite

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