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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.

TK Labels

The Traditional Knowledge (TK) Labels are an initiative for Indigenous communities and local organizations. Developed through sustained partnership and testing within Indigenous communities across multiple countries, the Labels allow communities to express local and specific conditions for sharing and engaging in future research and relationships in ways that are consistent with already existing community rules, governance and protocols for using, sharing and circulating knowledge and data.

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:

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.