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FNST 301: Issues in Applied First Nations Studies Research

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Professor: Rudy Reimer/Yumks
Course Outline: FNST 301 Issues in Applied First Nations Studies Research (Fall 2013)

Research guides

Style Guide

Sources to Consider

Journal articles

First Nations and General Databases

Canadian Databases

Journal Articles

  • CBCA Complete- Canadian popular and scholarly journals, from mid 1980s onwards.
  • Canadian Electronic Library Full text of public policy documents from Canadian institutes, think-tanks and research groups. Includes the Canadian Health Research Collection


  • Canadian Newsstream - fulltext of major Canadian daily newspapers from about mid-80s.
  • AMMSA Archives - from Aboriginal Multi Media Society of Alberta -- fulltext of First Nations newspapers some going back to 1983. Titles covered include: Alberta Sweetgrass (from 1993), Buffalo Spirit (from 2004), Ontario Birchbark (from 2002), Saskatchewan Sage (from 1996), Windspeaker (from 1983)
  • Globe & Mail Canada's Heritage from 1844
    Searchable full-text of the Globe and Mail from 1844 to 2001. Includes major events in Canadian history, plus thousands of images, advertisements, and political cartoons dating back to the pre-confederation era.
    Covers major news in Canada and around the world during this period, including every image, advertisement, classified ad, birth and death notice.


Government Reports

  • Canadian Research Index - Canadian Government reports.
  • Early Canadiana Online - (see Primary Documents section for more details) -- Full text, online collection of more than 3,000 books and pamphlets documenting Canadian history from the first European contact to the late 19th century.

Primary Documents

  • Human Relations Area Files (eHRAF) - Covers the cultures of the world. Full-text data on world archaeological traditions.
  • Early Canadiana Online
    Full text, online collection of more than 3,000 books and pamphlets documenting Canadian history from the first European contact to the late 19th century, including "Journals of the Legislative assembly of the Province of Canada", "Sessional papers" of the Dominion of Canada.  Browse by collections such as "Native Studies", "Jesuit Relations", "Fur Trade and the Hudson's Bay Company"
  • Early Encounters in North America (1534 - 1850) 
    -includes works by American Indians, Canadian First Peoples, and many European groups, capturing first impressions, hundreds of years of observations of flora and fauna, descriptions of encounters with indigenous peoples, and new language elements as they evolved. Also resents the perspectives of traders, slaves, missionaries, explorers, soldiers, officials, and others.Look for "Cultural events" or "Environment" or "Encounters", etc. from the Table of Contents.
  • North American Indian Thought and Culture /  also known as North American Indian Biographical Database -  full text and audio file.  Organized in a similar manner to "Early Encounters in North America" database.  It contains biographies, oral histories, personal stories, speeches by chiefs, depictions of historically important events, biographies from contemporary Indian newspapers.
  • House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (Britain)
    • papers issued by the British House of Commons between 1801-1900 in all formats, including Bills, Reports of Royal Commissions, Reports of Select Committees, Accounts and Papers, and Command Papers. These are the working documents of British government for all areas of social, political, economic and foreign policy.
    • Topics include Canadian confederation, the abolition of slavery, electoral reform, affairs of the British in North America, and more. 
    •  Search by keywords: (canad* or british north america) and (aborig* or indian* or native*) OR (Hudson's Bay company) and (aborig* or indian* or native*)

Government information

Sessional Papers / Debates / Journals

NOTE: The "Sessional papers", the "Debates" and the "Journals" of the House of Commons of Canada (Dominion of Canada/ Legislature of Canada) are all part of the Early Canadiana Online database.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada(formerly -- Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)

Libraries Archives Canada (LAC)

Select the "popular resources" from left hand column, and then the "Aboriginal Resources".  Use the search engine on top right to search any of the following: library, archives or the entire website..