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First Nations terminology

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Terminology for First Nations

Terminology to consider for finding material for First Nations people for either "keyword" or "subject" searching. Remember to use the "truncation" symbol, the "asterisk" (*), to find various endings of a particular word:

  • first nations or aborig* or indian* or metis or native* or indigen* or inuit* or innu or tribe* or tribal or indian band*
  • To limit your search to Canada, add the geographic terms: canad* or bc or british columb*

Identifying Names of Groups

Subject headings in the Library Catalogue

You can find information on your topic by Browse Searching in the Library Catalogue using the following subject headings (the first one is done for you):

  • Canada Royal Commission On Aboriginal Peoples
  • Indian Art -- Canada
  • Indian Children -- Canada
  • Indians Of North America -- British Columbia -- 36 Related Subjects (this has names of peoples), e.g.
    • -- See Also the narrower term Bella Coola Indians
    • -- See Also the narrower term Gitksan Indians
    • -- See Also the narrower term Niska Indians , etc.
  • Indians Of North America -- British Columbia
  • Indians Of North America -- British Columbia -- Antiquities
  • Indians Of North America -- British Columbia -- Biography
  • Indians Of North America -- British Columbia -- Claims
  • Indians Of North America -- British Columbia -- Claims Research
  • Indians Of North America -- British Columbia -- Economic Conditions
  • Indians Of North America -- British Columbia -- Education
  • Indians Of North America -- British Columbia -- Folklore
  • Indians Of North America -- British Columbia -- Government Relations
  • Indians Of North America -- British Columbia -- History
  • Indians Of North America -- British Columbia -- Land Tenure
  • Indians Of North America -- British Columbia -- Languages
  • Indians Of North America -- British Columbia -- Missions
  • Indians Of North America -- British Columbia -- Residential Schools
  • Indians Of North America -- British Columbia -- Social Conditions
  • Indians Of North America -- British Columbia -- Social Life And Customs
  • Indians Of North America -- British Columbia -- Treaties
  • Indians Of North America -- British Columbia -- Vancouver Island
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada --4 Related Subjects
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Antiquities
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Bibliography
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Biography
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Claims
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Economic Conditions
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Economic Conditions -- Statistics
  • Indians Of North America -- Education -- Canada
  • Indians Of North America -- Education -- Canada -- History
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Ethnic Identity
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- First Contact With Europeans
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Government Relations -- 2 Related Subjects
    • -- See Also the narrower term Indians, Treatment of Canada
    • -- See Also the narrower term Québec (Province) History Native Crisis, 1990
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Government Relations
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- History
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Intellectual Life
  • Indians of North America -- Canada -- Interviews.
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Languages
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Literary Collections
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Material Culture
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Missions
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Politics And Government (covers self-government etc.)
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Public Opinion
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Quotations
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Residential Schools
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Residential Schools -- Bibliography (e-book)
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Residential Schools -- Biography
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Social Conditions
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Social Life And Customs
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Statistics
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Treaties
  • Indians Of North America -- Colonization -- British Columbia
  • Indians Of North America -- Colonization -- Canada
  • Indians Treatment Of -- British Columbia
  • Indians Treatment Of -- Canada
  • Indians Treatment Of -- Canada -- History
  • Indigenous Children -- Abuse Of -- Canada
  • Indigenous Children Care -- Canada
  • Indigenous Children -- Education -- Canada
  • Indigenous peoples -- Canada -- Government relations
  • Indigenous Peoples -- Canada -- History
  • Indigenous Peoples -- Cultural Assimilation -- Canada -- History
  • Indigenous Peoples -- Civil Rights -- Canada
  • Indigenous Peoples -- Material Culture -- Canada
  • Indigenous Peoples -- Medical Care -- Canada
  • Indigenous women -- Canada
  • Indian Women -- Canada -- Social Conditions
  • Indian Women -- Crimes Against -- Canada
  • Inuit -- Canada -- Government Relations
  • Métis -- Canada -- History
  • Native Peoples -- Canada
  • Native Peoples -- Canada -- Government Relations
  • Native Peoples -- Legal Status Laws Etc -- Canada
  • Native Peoples -- Northwest Territories -- Government Relations
  • Restorative Justice -- Canada
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge -- Canada
  • Traditional Medicine -- Canada

Other subject headings to be aware of in the Library Catalogue

  • Name of a specific group of people
    • Carrier Indians -- See Also the narrower term Wet'suwet'en Indians
    • Carrier Indians -- British Columbia
    • Carrier Indians -- Social Life And Customs
    • Coast Salish Indians -- 17 Related Subjects
    • Coast Salish Indians
    • Coast Salish Indians -- British Columbia -- Claims
    • Stalo Indians -- See Also the narrower term Chilliwack Indians
    • Stalo Indians
    • Haida Indians
    • Nootka Indians -- British Columbia -- Vancouver Island
    • Nootka Indians -- History
    • Nootka Language

 Residential schools

You can find information on residential schools by Browse Searching in the Library Catalogue using the following subject headings (the first one is done for you):

  • Boarding schools -- British Columbia
  • First Nations Residential Schools
  • Indians Of North America -- British Columbia -- Residential Schools
  • Indians of North America -- Canada -- Residential schools
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Residential Schools
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Residential Schools -- Bibliography (e-book)
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Residential Schools -- Bibliography
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Residential Schools -- Biography
  • Indians Of North America -- Canada -- Residential Schools -- History
  • Indigenous Peoples -- Canada -- Residential Schools
  • Metis -- Residential Schools
  • Metis -- Residential Schools Bibliography
  • Off Reservation Boarding Schools -- Canada
  • Off Reservation Boarding Schools -- History
  • Off Reservation Boarding Schools -- Canada -- Maps