Indigenous Resources

Indigenous Content Films - National Film Board

The National Film Board provides films on Indigenous peoples on a variety of topics. Some films provide glimpses into traditional living styles, others explore topics of the Fur Trade era, Residential Schools, Indigenous arts and crafts, and many other topics. 

Please visit the following NFB film sections:

"Indigenous Peoples in Canada (First Nations and Metis)," 

"Indigenous Peoples in Canada (Inuit)," and 

"Indigenous Peoples Outside Canada." 

Please note, the Library has a subscription to the NFB. 

It's Our Time: Indigenous Culturally Relevant Modules

Available from the Assembly of First Nations,

"The Tool Kit was developed as a comprehensive reconciliation, communication and advocacy strategy to reach out to First Nation and non-First Nations learners, teachers, schools, institutions, and the Canadian public at large. 

The goal of the Tool Kit is to:

  • increase cultural competency and understanding of First Nations’ rights, histories and cultures from a First Nations perspective
  • foster a spirit of collective cooperation, understanding, and action
  • support First Nations students making transitions between middle school and high school"

The kit includes 21 modules on a variety of Indigenous topics.  

To access as PDF or individual modules from iTunes, visit the AFN "It's Our Time" Toolkit.

Indigenous Canada: Online Course

About this course: Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics for the 12 lessons include: 

  • Worldview
  • Fur Trade
  • New Rules, New Game (legal systems and rights)
  • "Killing the Indian in the Child" (Residential School system)
  • A modern Indian?
  • Red Power (political conflicts and alliances)
  • Sovereign Lands: Traditional Ecological Knowledge 
  • Indigenous in the City 
  • Current Social Movements
  • 'Living' Traditions - Expressions in Pop Culture and Art


Supporting Aboriginal Students in Higher Education - Article

"Supporting Success: Aboriginal Students in Higher Education" an article by Cynthia Gallop

This article outlines the importance of relationship building between students and faculty, the factors leading to Aboriginal student success, and creating supportive institutional spaces. 

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