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Indigenous Education K-12

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UBC Catalogue Search

To find books and media (VHS, DVD, and streaming video), search the UBC Library Catalogue

Simple Keyword Searches

Try Keywords:

  • First Nations
  • Aboriginal
  • Native
  • Indigenous
  • Indians of North America

For more information on terminology, please consult Xwi7xwa's Aboriginal Studies guide to Terminology.


Guided Keyword Searches

To find Aboriginal curriculum resources, search any of the above AND topic AND curric? through the Advanced Search function.


"first nations" AND science AND curric?

metis AND beadwork AND curric?

   Helpful hint: by adding a ? to curric, you are truncating your search, meaning you retrieve results that include: curriculum, curricula, etc.
      UBC truncation symbol is ?
      Database and Summon truncation symbol is *

For Indigenous picture books at Xwi7xwa, search YUA or YUB AND (your keyword, such as bannock)
   Helpful hint: YUA books are typically for children under the age of 9; YUB books are for children 9+.

Use quotation marks to search for a phrase
   Example: "first nations", "residential school"


Subject Headings

To search for books & media based on subjects, you can do one of the following:

  1. Browse Subject (Begins with):
    This field allows you to search for subject headings that begin with a certain term.

First Nations--Adult education
First Nations--Education--Study and teaching
First Nations--Education--British Columbia
First Nations--Curriculum development
First Nations--Curricula
Indigenous pedagogy
Native language and education 

2.  Browse Subject contains:
This field allows you to search keywords that may be contained within a subject heading

Example: first? and trap?

Subject contains  search is more focused than a general keyword search.

Identifying Indigenous Search Terms

Finding Indigenous Children's Books in the libary catalogue

Featured Books

#NativeReads: Native American Heritage Month 2016

#NativeReads: New Guide for Native American Heritage Month 2016

The First Nations Development Institute partnered with Dr. Debbie Reese (Nambé Pueblo) to assemble the Native American Children's Literature Recommended Reading List and an accompanying discussion guide for each book on the list. The five books are essential reading for young ones in Head Start and preschool, to elementary and middle schoolers. For high school students there is a Native comic book. The reading list is full of wonderful, culturally authentic stories and cover art.

Books by UBC NITEP Student Brandon Peters

Books by Brandon Peters

Photo Credit: Sarah Dupont 2012