Indigenous Studies

Hi there and welcome! Boozhoo! I am a settler grateful to be working as the Indigenous Outreach Librarian, on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomie.

The majority of databases currently available through publishers are colonizer-created ones that include Indigenous-related or created content.

Before you get started searching, you may wish to take a look at the Top 3 Research Tips (.ppt) (or the Top 3 Research Tips as a PDF) according to your fellow students.

Half an Hour and No Search Results? Read This! (.ppt). This is a guide to thinking about different ways to approach your topic.

Book a Zoom or MS Teams session and share your screen as you search and we discuss your research...and save whatever you find as we go! Prefer Zoom? Send me an email. Prefer an email request, send me an email! Prefer anyone available? Try our Send Us a Message form.
On Electronic Colonialism

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission 94 Calls to Action are dependent on identifying and making publicly available the history and legacy of residential schools and the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. There is a lack of documentation for their history in their own words, as these peoples faced forced assimilation by a dominant culture looking to erase their cultures. Plus digitization efforts to date have not prioritized items under copyright nor non-mainstream cultures and languages, resulting in claims of digital or electronic colonialism.

Information for Faculty and Administrators

A research guide that supplements the one for Students is available in the Research Guides section of this page or First Peoples: Resources for Faculty and Administrators

Also, note that curriculum-related resources are available on the CTL website on the Indigenous Resources page.

Of interest to all:

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Librarian and Head, Systems
(519) 253-3000 ext.3186
Leddy Library 105 - West Building