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It is important to note that Capilano University, like the majority of University Libraries, uses the Library of Congress Classification system. This system is recognized as a product of colonial structures and some terminology can be problematic or offensive.  Universities across Canada are excited by the work of CFLA Indigenous Matters Committee’s Red Team for Subject Headings and Classification,  and Library and Archives Canada, both of whom are working  to improve subject headings concerning Indigenous Peoples. 

Below are some terms that are used to broadly identify Indigenous Peoples.  You can use one term or a combination of terms using the word OR and AND to find materials on your topic. Note that you may find materials on specific nations as well. (i.e. Squamish)

For example:  (Indigenous OR aboriginal OR "first nations") AND water

  • "First Nations"
  • Indigenous
  • Aboriginal
  • "Indians of North America"
  • Native
  • Inuit
  • Métis

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