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Indigenous Resources

Guide Introduction

This guide acts as an introduction to both resources in the Capilano University Library and also external links that will assist researchers, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, in their research.  The guide was originally completed in consultation with staff and elders at the Kéxwusm-áyakn Student Centre and is reviewed periodically as resources are added. Below is a list of terminology resources to guide researchers. A special thank you to Rachel Chong, Indigenous Liaison Librarian from Kwantlen University Library whose Indigenous Studies Guide has made elements of this guide more robust.

Reference Sources

Reference materials such as handbooks, encyclopedias and directories provide background information, quick facts, statistical data and references to further readings. Some recommended titles are:

Land Acknowledgement

LISSA Land Acknowledgement, Template for Personalization, Definitions, and Speaker Protocol: This is an extremely helpful document from the University of Alberta's Library and Information Sciences Students' Association.  Highly recommended!

CAUT (Canadian Association of University Teachers) Guide to Acknowledging First Peoples & Traditional Territory: This guide gives general guidance and includes examples of the official land acknowledgements of universities and colleges in Canada.

Capilano University's current land acknowledgement on the website:  Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation of the Coast Salish Peoples. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the territories of the LíỈwat, xʷməθkʷəỷəm (Musqueam), shíshálh (Sechelt), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and SəỈílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

BCGEU Guide to First Nations Acknowledgement, Protocol & Terminology: This is from the BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) and has some useful information on land acknowledgement practices

Local Nations/ Local Stories

Tribe of One

This NFB documentary tells the story of the Rhonda Larrabee's quest to revitalize the New Westminster Band (Qayqayt).  This Band's numbers were severely affected by smallpox and other western diseases and in 1923 the government closed their reserve and dispersed the community.  The New Westminster Band is the only one in Canada that has no land. 

Our Story: xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam)

Resourceful site for the Musqueam nation.  Includes educational materials, maps and language resources amongst others.

Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation)

Official site of the Squamish Nations.  Includes links on history, governance and cultures.  Some of the information regarding council meetings is available to Band members only.

Tsleil-Waututh Nation: Our Story

This is the story page for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (People of the Inlet).  Explore this site for additional information about the Nation.

Sshíshálh Nation (Sechelt):

Official site for the shíshálh Nation (Sechelt).  Includes information on language, culture and elders.

Lil'wat Nation

Story page for the Lil'wat Nation. This site also includes community, culture and history resources amongst others.