Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Month with online books, films, and more

The eagle flies the highest in the sky, and in a coast salish story people would seek guidance from the eagle to gain knowledge of faraway places. This representational eagle wing relief was created to bring the knowledge to students as they seek guidance in their studies. -- Marissa Nahanee

Shining a light on books and films by and about First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people of Canada

In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day the SFU Library is spotlighting books, films, and more from our collections and beyond.

Read online

Here are just some of the ebooks available at the Library.

 Tip: For more, search our Catalogue: to limit your search to our online materials, start typing and then look for the Online Resources Only option.

Fiction and poetry


Life stories


Residential Schools

For more information on Residential Schools, check our Orange Shirt Day display or Residential School guide.

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Local documentaries, talks, animation, and more

Delta Animation: From the Museum of Anthropology, 2-minute animation showing the changing river delta and the city taking over local Indigenous territories.

Coyote Science: A locally made science show for kids, co-written/co-directed/co-edited by Kamala Todd from SFU's Urban Studies department. (Available on CBC Gem.) 

Other films and series

1491: the untold story story of the Americas: An eight part series that "brings to life the complexity, diversity and interconnectedness of Indigenous peoples in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus." (from APTN).

Indigenous voice matters:  From teenage drama to animation to comedy, CBC host Duncan McCue shares top recommendations for Indigenous stories from Indigenous directors and scriptwriters , available on CBC Gem. 

Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes): "In this mesmerizing stop-motion short film from acclaimed director Amanda Strong, an Indigenous youth joins forces with a 10,000-year-old Sasquatch to revive ceremonial sap harvesting in suburban Ontario." (from YouTube video description) 

Visit the National Film Board (NFB) for:

 Looking for more? 

Local booksellers

Want to buy your own (print) books? Many local bookstores are offering delivery as well as in-person service.

Check your with your neighbourhood bookseller or visit:

Your neighbourhood public library

Public libraries also have excellent ebook collections -- check with them for your favourite Indigenous fiction and popular nonfiction authors. Try:

You can also search your public library's catalogue and limit to ebooks, e.g. Eden Robinson (from VPL).

June 2024