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Indigenous Resources Guide

A guide highlighting works by and about Indigenous Peoples.

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Hello, Boozhoo, Aaniin, Tansi, Wotziye, Tanshi, Asujutilli, Ho/Han,

The purpose of this guide is to provide researchers and other visitors with some basic tools, information, and supports that they may use to discover Indigenous authors, communities, and information as well as to recommend a small sample of Indigenous works from the Learning Library's collection of materials.

Evaluating Resources

This guide will help you find information on Indigenous topics. Colonization and marginalization of Indigenous Peoples mean that information about them is often created by non-Indigenous people.

Things to Consider:

  • Who created the resource:
    • Is the writer/creator Indigenous?
    • What is the author's worldview/lived experience?
  • Why the resource was created:
    • Who benefits from the research? An Indigenous community, an individual, an institution, a political group, or the general public?
    • Is the creator trying to share a specific point of view?
  • When the resource was created:
    • Is this an older resource? It may contain language and ideas that are harmful.
    • What is the historical context of this resource?
    • What was its intended purpose at the time of its creation?
  • How the resource was created:
    • Did the writer collaborate or consult an Indigenous community?
    • What methods were used to gather the information?
    • Was the research made available to the Indigenous communities that participated in the study?

Land Acknowledgements

The shared Nipissing University and Canadore College campus sits on the territory of Nipissing First Nation, the territory of the Anishnabek, within lands protected by the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850. We are grateful to be able to live and learn on these lands with all our relations. 


The Pond at the 100 College Drive Campus.                      Lady slipper.                                     Spring blossoms.




National Indigenous History Month

"June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, an opportunity to learn about the unique cultures, traditions and experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. It's a time to honour the stories, achievements and resilience of Indigenous Peoples, who have lived on this land since time immemorial and whose presence continues to impact the evolving Canada.

The House of Commons designated June as National Aboriginal History Month in 2009. The name was changed to National Indigenous History Month in 2017." (Government of Canada, 2023, para. 1).


Government of Canada. (2023, June, 1). About National Indigenous History Month. National Indigenous History Month.