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Government Policy Indigenous Foundations UBC
Contains overview and historical links to the Proclamation, Indian Act, Constitution Act, UNDRIP and much more
Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
Library and Archives Canada
Note: as of July 2019 Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada has been dissolved; the two new departments are:
Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)
"works collaboratively with partners to improve access to high quality services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis"
and: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
"to renew the nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, government-to-government relationship between Canada and First Nations, Inuit and Métis"
Aboriginal Fisheries Fisheries and Oceans Canada
"Programs supporting Aboriginal fi sheries and funding for commercial fishing development and conservation"
Research Publications Library of Parliament Research
Select Topic: Indigenous affairs. Can limit to publication type e.g. background papers etc.
Organizations and Associations
Assembly of First Nations
national advocacy organization representing First Nation citizens in Canada
major research area of think tank Frontier Centre for Public Policy in Manitoba
Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC)
"Working towards the recognition, implementation and exercise of our inherent Indigenous Title, Rights and Treaty Rights"
Major Online Resources section, including the McKenna-McBride Royal Commission
See also Associations from SFU Indigenous Studies resources page
Statistics and Microdata
For Statistics, see the Statistics section of Indigenous Studies research resources Fact and Data page
Abacus Dataverse Network
"Research data repository run by the British Columbia Research Libraries' Data Services" Start with Select > Simon Fraser University
Path to Aboriginal Peoples Survey: Click on Advanced Search > Title Search: Aboriginal Peoples Survey
Also of interest might be Aboriginal identity by Age and Sex custom tabulation from the 2016 Census
Research data depositories available to the SFU community.
Path to Aboriginal Peoples Survey: Click on: Statistics Canada Public Use Microdata Files (PUMF) > Aboriginal Peoples Survey (APS) > select year of study
Note: Release date for 2017 Aboriginal Peoples Survey in PUMF is March 2020
For data help please contact the Research Commons data team at email@example.com
Compact, contract, covenant: Aboriginal treaty-making in Canada (print)
Aboriginal and treaty rights in Canada : Essays on law, equity, and respect for difference (print and online)
Aboriginal peoples and politics: The Indian land question in British Columbia, 1849-1989 (print and online)
Aboriginal Justice and the Charter: realizing a culturally sensitive interpretation of legal rights [print and online]
The Pleasure of the Crown anthropology, law and First Nations (print and online)
Strange visitors : Documents in Indigenous-settler relations in Canada from 1876 (print and online)
Indigenous in the City: Contemporary Identities and Cultural Innovation (print and online)
As we have always done : indigenous freedom through radical resistance (print and online)
Journeying forward: Dreaming First Nations independence (print and online)
As long as the sun shines and water flows : a reader in Canadian native studies (print and online)
Citizens plus: Aboriginal people and the Canadian state (print and online)
Journal article and full-text databases
For scholarly journal articles, start with:
Bibliography of Native North Americans
"citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents on all aspects of Native North American culture, history, and life"
America: History and Life
"Literature on all aspects of U.S. and Canadian history, culture and current affairs from prehistory to present"
Sample subject terms: Indigenous peoples; First Nations
Political Science Complete
Full-text political science articles [sample subject: Indigenous peoples]
For reports and backgrounders and more, start with:
Canadian Electronic Library (CEL)
(2005-) Access to Canadian e-books, health and public policy documents
Canadian Research Index
(1982-) Access to "all depository publications of research value issued by both the federal government and the ten provinces and three territories". Older reports are on Microlog fiche, which is very useful, as many are not available on government sites or in print in libraries
Note: You can request Microlog fiche by sending an email request to Nina Smart with the report's title and Microlog number, who will then request a special loan. Example: 1992's"Native women and aboriginal treaty rights : a discussion paper" Microlog number: 92-04323
Other SFU guides
Residential Schools: SFU Library resources
Law: First Nations Research: Law
Supreme Court of Canada cases involving Indigenous peoples
Business: Library guide for Executive MBA in Indigenous Business and Leadership
Further resources and tools
- Giving effective presentations (SFU Student Learning Commons)
- Resources to help you improve your presentation skills (SFU Library) You can also book a Presentation consultation through SFU Research Commons
Writing services offered by the Research Commons including writing consultations and the Read Ahead service
Resources for SFU Public Policy alumni
SFU Library guide - useful electronic resources available for off-campus include:
Data-Planet statistical datasets
"public, private and commercial sources of standardized and structured statistical data" - still fairly American, but Canadian content being added constantly
Covering country studies, forecasting publications, reports, periodicals, and socio-economic databases
Project MUSE Search
Humanities and social sciences ebooks and ejournals, e.g. Canadian Public Policy. See also Research Area > Social Sciences > Political Science > Policy Studies and Research Area > Area and Ethnic Studies > Canadian Studies
Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO)
ebooks, articles, reference sources, and videos
CanLII Canadian Legal Information Institute
Canadian legislation, regulations and decisions
"one-stop access point to full-text searchable electronic government documents collected by Legislative libraries in Canada for their jurisdictions"
Ipsos Canadian Public Affairs Dataverse
Repository of over 60 Ipsos Canada surveys and part of the Scholars Portal Dataverse "publicly accessible secure Canadian data repository provided by Scholars Portal"
Contact Jenna Walsh, Indigenous Initiatives Librarian & Librarian for Indigenous Studies at 778.782.9378 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Nina Smart, Liaison Librarian, at 778.782.5043 (inaccessible due to library closure) or email@example.com (Monday to Thursday
), or Ask a librarian if Jenna or Nina is not available or you have a general question