First Nations

These resources provide a wealth of information on local First Nations peoples, as well as Aboriginal peoples and issues across Canada.

Library Databases

Encyclopedia of British Columbia

Know BC is home to this Encyclopedia which features articles, photographs, statistics, chats and maps about BC past and present.

Encyclopedia of Canada's People

An online version of the 1999 reference work that covers over 115 different peoples/ethnic groups that comprise Canada’s population.

On the Shelf

Aboriginal Canadian Fiction

A list of fantastic contemporary fiction from First Nations, Metis and Inuit authors across Canada. 

Pacific Northwest First Nations Cultural History

Recommended titles from our non-fiction collection. 

On the Web

BC Ministry of Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation

British Columbia's Ministry of Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation page provides access to information about the Ministry itself as well as news and services relating to Aboriginal groups throughout the province. 

First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers

Online version of the City of Vancouver's "First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers". While targeted at newcomers, this guide would serve as a great resource for anyone wanting an introduction to Aboriginal issues and history in Canada, with a focus on local First Nations history, groups, and resources. Also available in print at the Library. 

Musqueam Nation

The official site of the Musqueum (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Peoples of BC, with information about governance, lands, current events, and their social sector.

Squamish Nation

The official site of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation, with access to current news and events as well as cultural and historical information.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is mandated to learn about and inform Canadians about the truth of what happened in Canadian residential schools. The site provides information about the Commission; related events and projects; a place to provide survivor statements online; and full access to the recently published TRC Report.  

Tsleil-Waututh Nation

The official site of the Tseil-Waututh Nation (formerly known as the Burrand Band), with information about their governmance, businesses, lands, and community projects and events. 


Library and Archives Canada - Aboriginal Heritage

The Aboriginal Heritage Portal of LAC provides a window to vast collections of resources created by or about Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and reflects the significant contributions of Aboriginal peoples to this country’s political, social, economic and cultural development. The site features numerous e-collections, databases, virtual exhibitions, Aboriginal genealogy, and tools to help locate materials.