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Indigenous Peoples Histories and Archives


This page attempts to collocate various resources that may be relevant to Indigenous materials and research, but are located outside of RBSC. These may be located within the larger UBC Library system, within non-library departments of UBC, or outside of UBC.

Xwi7xwa Library is a centre for academic and community Indigenous scholarship. Its collections and services reflect Aboriginal approaches to teaching, learning, and research. Everyone is welcome to visit Xwi7xwa Library and can access their website here.

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Resources on Conducting Archival Research

Other Archival Institutions

Finding Books: Subject Headings

Try following one of these links or build your own subject search. These subject headings are used throughout the UBC libraries, not only for RBSC.

Note: Xwi7xwa Library at UBC uses Aboriginal Canadians as a subject heading, but materials at other libraries may be found under the Library of Congress subject heading, Indians of North America. In this research guide, we have presented subject headings which use both terms, in order to enable researchers to find all available materials.

For more information about Indigenous Knowledge Organization and the X̱wi7x̱wa Library, please visit their website.

For a list of subject headings related to Indigenous peoples, please see this list compiled by Simon Fraser University Library.

Aboriginal Canadians--Culture Indians of North America--Canada
Aboriginal Canadians--Forest Management Indians of North America--Colonization
Aboriginal Canadians--Historiography

Indians of North America--Fiction

Aboriginal Canadians-- History

Indians of North America--History

Aboriginal Canadians--Residential Schools Indigenous peoples--Canada
Aboriginal Canadians--Women

Indigenous women--Canada

Listen & Watch


Below we have listed some of the journals that were kept by colonial explorers and settlers in their first encounters with Indigenous peoples. Although the journals are written from a western, colonial perspective, they provide documentary evidence of the early interactions between colonizers and Indigenous peoples.