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Know BC is home to the Encyclopedia of British Columbia, an authoritative resource on BC past and present that features more than 4,000 articles and 1,500 accompanying photographs, maps, charts and tables, as well as sound and video clips.
Access Information: Licensed for West Vancouver residents only
An online version of the 1999 reference work that covers over 115 different peoples/ethnic groups that make up Canada’s population.
Access Information: Licensed for West Vancouver residents only.
Points to the Past provides access to primary source material dating from 1450 to 2008. This includes over half a million books, digitized newspapers (The Economist, Financial Times, and more), 6.5 million manuscript pages, maps, photos, pamphlets, sermons and poems.
Available in the library and at home within BC.
on the shelf
Check these out the next time you’re in the Library.
Pacific Northwest First Nations People and Culture
on the web
These recommended websites are free and easily accessible! All you need is an internet connection.
Welcome to our Homelands features six Indigenous individuals extending a welcoming message to newcomers to Canada. The video provides a glimpse of aboriginal history in Canada including its more complex aspects, and reflects the wide diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada and their cultures. The video along serves as a “jumping off point for further learning.”
British Columbia's "Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation" page provides access to information about the Ministry itself as well as news and services relating to Indigenous groups throughout the province.
"Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) continues to renew the nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, government-to-government relationship between Canada and First Nations, Inuit and Métis; modernize Government of Canada structures to enable Indigenous peoples to build capacity and support their vision of self-determination; and lead the Government of Canada's work in the North."
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.
You can also check out the Surrey First Peoples Guide for Newcomers.
ISC has launched the Indigenous Business Navigator service, to assist Indigenous individuals, businesses, organizations and communities in accessing Government of Canada programs and services that could support their business and economic-development needs.
From an Indigenous perspective, this free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.
To celebrate and showcase the multitude of Indigenous educational experiences that exist around the country, NCCIE serves as an accessible, shared, informational resource for all peoples of Canada.
Indigenous Foundations was developed by the First Nations & Indigenous Studies Program at the University of British Columbia for students, teachers, researchers and the broader public. It is a great information resource that covers key topics relating to the histories, politics, and cultures of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada.
This toolkit supports Indigenous communities across Canada to learn, share and connect about Indigenous Guardian programs. Be inspired by other communities, find practical information, and share your experiences.
"Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) works collaboratively with partners to improve access to high quality services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Our vision is to support and empower Indigenous peoples to independently deliver services and address the socio-economic conditions in their communities."
IndigiNews is dedicated to covering the news in a way that allows for your stories to be heard, understood and respected. We aim to produce valuable, relevant, and trustworthy content by listening to the communities we serve through our work. Our reporters are currently covering the Okanagan Valley and Vancouver Island.
West Vancouver is on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam Nation).
The official site of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Peoples of BC, with information about governance, lands, current events, and their social sector.
"We will find the truth by gathering many stories from many people. These truths will weave together to show us what violence really looks like for Indigenous women and girls in Canada."
Photos, videos and more, available online for free.
The Indigenous Heritage Portal of LAC provides a window to vast collections of resources created by or about Indigenous peoples in Canada, and reflects their significant contributions to this country’s political, social, economic and cultural development. The site features numerous e-collections, databases, virtual exhibitions, Indigenous genealogy, and tools to help locate materials.
A collection highlighting over 200 films made by Indigenous directors, made freely available as part of the NFB’s 3-year action plan to redefine its relationship with Indigenous Peoples based on the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and Indigenous film creators. Read more here: http://onf-nfb.gc.ca/en/about-the-nfb/indigenous-action-plan2/