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Indigenous Policy


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"

Indian Residential Schools
from the former Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

Aboriginal Fisheries Fisheries and Oceans Canada
"Programs supporting Aboriginal fi sheries and funding for commercial fishing development and conservation"

INAN Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs
House of Commons

Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples

Research Publications Library of Parliament Research
Select Topic: Indigenous affairs. Can limit to publication type e.g. background papers etc.

See also: Ministries & Organizations
from UBC Library's Aboriginal Law guide

Organizations and Associations

Assembly of First Nations
national advocacy organization representing First Nation citizens in Canada​​​

Aboriginal Futures
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


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)

For more titles in the  SFU catalogue see the Subject for the books above or Subject headings in the Library Catalogue (Indigenous Studies)

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]

See also: databases for Indigenous Studies
See also: databases for Government Information

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

See also: Finding Government Resources & Information SFU guide
See also: Terminology for First Nations for suggested search terms


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

Resources for SFU Public Policy alumni

Alumni services
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

OECD iLibrary
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

Other resources

CanLII Canadian Legal Information Institute
Canadian legislation, regulations and decisions

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
over 14,000 journals and 4,000,000 articles
e.g. Aboriginal Policy Studies, peer-reviewed journal from the University of Alberta

GALLOP Portal 
"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"

Native Health Databases University of New Mexico
No full text - to find journal holdings check SFU's Journal List

Contact information

Contact Jenna Walsh, Indigenous Initiatives Librarian & Librarian for Indigenous Studies at 778.782.9378 or or Nina Smart, Liaison Librarian, at 778.782.5043 (inaccessible due to library closure) or (Monday to Thursday ), or Ask a librarian if Jenna or Nina is not available or you have a general question

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