26 Indigenous Studies

Pulling Together: Manitoba Foundations Guide (Brandon Edition)

The Manitoba Foundations Guide (Brandon Edition) is the first Manitoba adaptation of an open professional learning series developed for staff across post-secondary institutions. This guide is intended to support the systemic change occurring across post-secondary institutions and beyond through Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation.

Indigenous Information Literacy

This book outlines best principles for working with Indigenous print and oral sources in academic research. Topics include evaluating Indigenous print sources for credibility and authenticity, finding Indigenous authors, and respectfully working with Elders. Please note that while free to read, this resource is not licensed for editing or remixing.

Includes: Reflection exercises

Restoring Indigenous Self-Determination: Theoretical and Practical Approaches

This edited volume covers self-determination for Indigenous peoples around the world.

Northern and Indigenous Health and Healthcare

The provision of northern health care entails many unique challenges and circumstances that are rarely represented in mainstream health sciences education. This textbook provides accessible content on health and health care from a northern perspective for the growing number of health professionals being educated in northern communities.

Includes: Reflection questions

Knowing Home: Braiding Indigenous Science with Western Science, Book 1 and Book 2

From the description, these books are “far more than a set of research papers or curriculum studies. The project outputs include both, but they are incorporated into a theoretical structure that can provide the methodological basis for future efforts that attempt to develop culturally responsive Indigenous Science curricula in home places.” There is a focus on Northwestern North America. Reviews can be found on the Campus Manitoba website.

Includes: Appendices, examples, selected resources

Economic Aspects of the Indigenous Experience in Canada

This text explores the economic history and potential of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Includes: Summary, reflection questions, suggested activities

Liberalism, Surveillance, and Resistance: Indigenous Communities in Western Canada, 1877-1927

While not a textbook, this open book explores the means used to facilitate and justify colonization, their effects on Indigenous economic, political, social, and spiritual lives, and how they were resisted.

Living on the Land: Indigenous Women’s Understanding of Place

This edited volume examines how patriarchy, gender, and colonialism have shaped the experiences of Indigenous women as both knowers and producers of knowledge. From a variety of methodological perspectives, contributors to the volume explore the nature and scope of Indigenous women’s knowledge, its rootedness in relationships both human and spiritual, and its inseparability from land and landscape.

Memory and Landscape: Indigenous Responses to a Changing North

In this edited volume, Indigenous and non-Indigenous contributors bring together oral history and scholarly research from disciplines such as linguistics, archaeology, and ethnohistory. With an emphasis on Indigenous place names, this volume illuminates how the land—and the memories that are inextricably tied to it—continue to define Indigenous identity. The perspectives presented here also serve to underscore the value of Indigenous knowledge and its essential place in future studies of the Arctic.

Our Stories: First Peoples in Canada

Our Stories: First Peoples in Canada is a multimedia resource developed with Indigenous peoples from across Canada. Eliciting an unsettling of Western authority, this textbook encourages recognition that moves beyond a colonial lens. Please note that while this resource is free to read and share, it is not licensed for editing or remixing.

Includes: Images, videos

Historical and Contemporary Realities: Movement Towards Reconciliation

This open textbook is written as a resource for educators to teach students about the Indigenous historical significance of the lands encompassing the Robinson-Huron Treaty area and more specifically the Greater Sudbury and Manitoulin area. It also, through the use of interactive mapping strategies, serves as a guide for educators to develop a similar resource to document Indigenous stories from their own areas.

Includes: Learning activities, resources for more learning, maps

Shingwauk Narratives : Sharing Residential School History

The Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre (SRSC) holds 10 letter books of the first principal of the Shingwauk Residential School, Rev. Edward F. Wilson, and the fourth principal Rev. George L. King. These letters range in date from 1875-1904, and include a wealth of information about the early history of Shingwauk and Wawanosh. This open education resource shares stories compiled from the information in the letter books. Shingwauk Narratives discusses the in depth history of residential school, colonialism, and the establishment of the Shingwauk Residential School.

Healing and Reconciliation Through Education

This open educational resource is focused on teaching the history of the colonial legacy of Residential Schools, with an emphasis on exploring the unique history of the Shingwauk Residential School which operated in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. This project builds upon decades of archival research and data collection, including the recording of oral histories, under the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre’s (SRSC) mandate of ‘sharing, healing, and learning.’ ‘Healing and Reconciliation through Education’ is designed to increase the capacity of the SRSC to educate local, regional, and national audience about the history of Residential Schools.

Includes: Interactive map

Building a Competitive First Nation Investment Climate

This textbook was created by the Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics and covers how successful investment climates can be built in First Nations.

Includes: Reflection questions, examples, case studies

Indigenous Tourism, in Introduction to Tourism and Hospitality in BC, 2nd Ed.

This is a chapter in an open textbook on tourism. Despite its focus is on BC, it also contains information and examples that are not specific to BC and may be relevant in other contexts.

Includes: Examples, interactive activities

ECHO: Ethnographic, Cultural and Historical Overview of Yukon’s First Peoples

This textbook offers an introduction to Yukon First Nations peoples, with references in each section for readers interested in learning more. Please note that although this book is free to read and redistribute, it is not licensed for editing or remixing.

Includes: Activities, interviews with researchers

Histories of Indigenous Peoples and Canada

This book was developed for a third year history course at Thompson Rivers University.

Bloomfield’s Texts

This is a collection of stories in English and Cree, collected by Leonard Bloomfield in 1930 on a commission from the National Museum of Canada.

Indigenous Languages, in Essentials of Linguistics, 2nd Ed.

This chapter features an interview with Mohawk scholar David Kanatawakhon-Maracle, divided into multiple videos with transcripts.

Includes: Practice questions

Cree Dictionary of Mathematical Terms with Visual Examples

The Cree Dictionary of Mathematical Terms with Visual Examples provides Cree equivalents of 176 mathematics terms and their definitions in English. The visual examples mainly contain Indigenous elements. The Dictionary was reviewed by Elders, Indigenous Knowledge Keepers and Cree-speaking educators.


For language learning resources see the Indigenous Languages section of the Languages chapter.


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