Indigenous Studies

Databases and resource information on First Nations and Aboriginal issues in Canada.


Image Credit: Justin Tang / THE CANADIAN PRESS. Retrieved from The Star.

This guide provides help for Sheridan students studying topics related to the Indigenous People's of Canada.  Use the tabs across the top of the page to discover library and open sources for your research.

Terminology Matters

Before you start your search, keep in mind that over the years various names have been used to refer to the original inhabitants of Canada and other Indigenous groups around the world. As a result, any of the following terms could be useful in your search:

  • Indians of North America - the standard subject heading still used by libraries when cataloguing books and other library items
  • Native peoples, Native Canadians
  • First peoples
  • Aboriginal peoples - popularized in Australia, and frequently used in British Columbia
  • Indigenous peoples - popularized by international organizations and generally used in an international context
  • First Nations / Inuit / Metis - legal designations for separate, distinct Indigenous groups within Canada

In addition to these, Indigenous peoples are often identified by anglicized names for specific nations or bands (ex. Iroquois, Huron), linguistic or cultural groups (ex. Prairie or Woodlands tribes), or by their traditional names (ex. Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee). For the full list of official First Nations bands, see Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada > First Nation Profiles. For a list and description of common nations and cultural groups in Canada, see Historica Canada > Aboriginal Peoples.

Research with Indigenous Peoples

Sheridan College has created its own guidelines for conducting original research with Indigenous peoples. This comprehensive resource covers history and culture, principles of ethical research practice, the 4 R’s, ownership, control, access, and possession (OCAP), how to apply these guidelines to your research, and Sheridan’s process.

On Library Shelves

picture of library call numbersWhile most of our resources are online, you may find it helpful to use one of our print books, DVDs and reference works. Printed materials are organized by call number. The call number can be found on the spine of the book.

Browse these call number areas for relevant material:


Native Peoples of America (History)

Also see Education, Religion, Social Sciences, Health, and Criminology sections within the collection for subject-specific discussions affecting current-day Indigenous peoples of Canada.

Sheridan sits on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations, Anishinaabe Nation, Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.

Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support

Room B127, Trafalgar Road Campus

905-845-9430 x5553
Visit the website

Indigenous Cinema