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First Nations Research: Land Claims

If you need help, please contact Jenna Walsh, Indigenous Initiatives Librarian & Liaison for First Nations Studies, Archaeology, Environment, and Resource & Environmental Management at 778.782.9378 or or Ask a librarian.

Resources in the Library

Browse search these subject headings to locate additional materials in the Library Catalogue.

TIP: These subject headings can be further broken down geographically, e.g. "Indians of North America -- British Columbia -- Land tenure", or by nation, e.g. "Cree Indians -- Claims"
  • Indian land transfers
  • Indians of North America -- Canada -- Claims
  • Indians of North America -- Land tenure
  • Indians of North America -- Treaties
  • Inuit -- Canada -- Claims
  • Inuit -- Canada -- Land Tenure
  • Inuit -- Northwest Territories -- Claims
  • Inuit -- Northwest Territories -- Land tenure
  • Metis -- Claims
  • Metis -- Land tenure

Research guides

Stolen Lands Broken Promises: Researching the Indian Land Question in B.C [online or print]

A Short Commentary on Land Claims in BC, Dr. Bruce Miller (2003), (from the Union of BC Indian Chiefs site) - 11th Annual National Land Claims Workshop, October 2003, speaking notes. Dr. Bruce Granville Miller, is Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of British Columbia

Journal article databases

Use these political science / legal indexes to locate journal articles on your topic.

Other databases with useful information include:

Background information

Canadian Encyclopedia -- search for  Indian Treaties
Brief descriptive entries for milestones in Canadian aboriginal land claims and treaties.  Covers the period 1763 to 1999, including links to full text of treaties and related documents, where available.

Government websites

British Columbia

BC Treaty Commission
Extensive information on the treaty process in British Columbia, including status of negotiations by region, nation, and stage level; contact information for commissioners and negotiators in each claim; full text of policies and procedures; an online newsletter; educational resources; and electronic publications.

Treaty Negotiations in British Columbia (BC Ministry of Attorney General Treaty Negotiations Office)
Detailed and current information on the status of the treaty process by nation and by region.  Definitions and discussion of treaty process, treaty principles, and public consultation and access.  Includes a schedule of meetings and a glossary of treaty terms.


Aboriginal Canada Portal - Claims and Treaties

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada - Treaty Policy Directorate
Links to full text of treaties and recent news.  Click on "Agreements" to access the full text of framework agreements, agreements in principle, and final agreements in areas such as self government, comprehensive claims, and land governance.  Click on "Specific Claims" for information about the claims process.

Indian Claims Commission
"The Indian Claims Commission is an independent body with authority to hold public inquiries into land claims made by First Nations that have been rejected by the Government of Canada."  The website includes a "claimsmap" listing claims by province, and full-text publications such as newsletters, factsheets, and claims reports.

National Aboriginal Document Database
Has links to many fulltext resources including treaties and statutes, as wells as links to land claims-related issues. (Court Decisions, Statutes/Acts, Treaties)

United States

United States Government Information - Native American Treaties and Information
A lengthy bibliography of American government publications, both print and electronic, with brief annotations. Links include American Memory Project sites, full-text treaties and legislation, census data, government agencies, and court decisions.