Services to Indigenous Communities

We acknowledge that we are located on the Treaty 8 territory of the Cree, Beaver, and Dene people. We respect the histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

Peace Library System is situated on traditional Treaty 8 territory serving 18 First Nations Reserves and 4 Métis Settlements.

Click here for information on those communities served.

Recent Books with Indigenous Representation

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This booklist is updated approximately every summer & winter. Last updated: March 2021

Information Resources

Alberta Indigenous Relations --  the website for the Government of Alberta

Alberta Research Portal -- a database free to everyone in Alberta that offers access to the Indigenous Peoples of North America database.

Best Practices in Library Services for Aboriginal Peoples in Saskatchewan -- by Deborah Lee and Deirdre Crichton

Blackfoot and First Nations Metis and Inuir Protocol Handbook -- by the University of Lethbridge

Canadian Federation of Library Associations: Indigenous Resources (English | French)

Empowering the Spirit: Education Resources to Support Reconciliation

Engaging with Elders: A Co-Created Story -- from Native Counselling Services of Alberta

Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research

Ground Work For Change

Guide to indigenous organizations and services in Alberta -- by the Government of Alberta

Guide to Acknowledging First Peoples & Traditional Territory -- by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)

Indigenous Canada -- a course taught by the University of Alberta

Indigenous Library and Information Studies Online Material from University of Alberta

Let's Talk About Reconciliation | A Resource Guide for Libraries -- by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO

Moving in the Circle: Indigenous Solidarity for Canadian Libraries (vol 12, no 2, 2017) -- from The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research

Northwest Aboriginal Interagency Committees -- find a wide variety of resources for professional development, information about powwows & etiquette, and resources for patrons.

Orange Shirt Day -- Resources to support Orange Shirt Day taking place on September 30th.

Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation -- a website companion to book by the same name from Monique Gray Smith

Stepping Stones - from The Alberta Teachers' Association

  1. ​Terminology Reference (English French)
  2. Alberta Métis Settlements and Agreements (English French)
  3. An Introduction to the Inuit (English French)
  4. Numbered Treaties within Alberta: Treaty 6 (English French)
  5. Timeline of Alberta's Indigenous History (English French)
  6. Numbered Treaties within Alberta: Treaty 7 (English French)
  7. Elder Protocol (English French)
  8. Numbered Treaties within Alberta: Treaty 8 (English French)
  9. Traditional Plants (English French)
  10. First Nations, Métis and Inuit Music and Dance (English | French)
  11. Indigenous Education Resources (English French)
  12. Indigenous Linguistic Diversity and Revitalization (English French)
  13. Residential Schools—First Nations Experience (English French)
  14. Residential Schools—Métis Experience (English French)
  15. Residential Schools—Inuit Experience (English)

Steps to Reconciliation in Alberta Libraries on Peace Library System Staff Niche Academy

**NEW** The People and the Text - Indigenous Writing to 1992

Treaty Talk & Treaty Walk Films - two films to be used as education tools for schools and communities.

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (English French)

Acknowledging Land and People map of Alberta (English French)

Podcasts **NEW**

All My Relations
A podcast from Matika Wilbur and Adrienne Keene where they explore what it means to be an Indigenous person and the different topics facing Indigenous people today.

Coffee With My Ma
A radical activist mother Kahentinetha Horn tells her daughter her stories of her very long adventurous life, always with the sense of humour that carried herthrough.

Finding Cleo
A CBC podcast about trying to find Cleo, a child taken by the welfare workers in the 70s and adopted in the U.S.

Indigenous 150+
Created by the Indigenous150+ Youth Ambassador program, over 40 episodes of conversations with knowledge keepers, community leaders, artists, and influencers.

Kiwew (CBC Podcast)
A five-part podcast where David A. Robertson dives into his family's history and mysteries as he discovers and connects with his Cree identity.

Muddied Water
A CBC podcast that explores the history of the Metis people in Manitoba.

The Historical Natives
The tales of bone-chilling creatures from Indigenous peoples across North America.

The Secret Life of Canada
A podcast about the country we know and the stories we don't.

The Truth Sharing Podcast
A series of episodes visit five Canadian communities to seek out voices who have experienced loss, how they try to heal and shine a light on those trying to bring change after the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Unreserved (CBC Podcast)
Unreserved is the radio space for Indigenous community, culture, and conversation. Host Falen Johnson takes you straight into Indigenous Canada, from Halifax to Haida Gwaii, from Shamattawa to Ottawa, introducing listeners to the storytellers, culture makers, and community shakers from across the country.

Professional Development Titles

21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act*
Bob Joseph

Aboriginal and Visible Minority Librarians: Oral Histories from Canada*
edited by Deborah Lee and Mahalakshmi Kumaran

Canada's Residential Schools Volumes 1-6*
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Decolonizing Education: Nourishing the Learning Spirit*
Marie Battiste

Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volume 1: Summary*
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

From Oral to Written: A Celebration of Indigenous Literature in Canada, 1980-2010*
Tomson Highway

Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada*
Chelsea Vowel

A Knock on the Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools*
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation*
Monique Gray Smith

Unsettling the settler within: Indian residential schools, truth telling, and reconciliation in Canada*
Paulette Regan

*Starred titles are available through TRACpac.

Collection Development Suggestions

American Indians in Children's Literature -- established in 2006 to provide critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in books, curriculum, pop culture and society.

CBC Books --  you can always find reading recommendations and lists of books focusing on Canadian and Indigenous authors.

First Nation Communities Read -- an annual reading program run in Ontario spotlightning the best indigenous content as well as indigenous voices. -- a business based on the Six Nations in southwestern Ontario, they are the leading resource for resources related to Indigenous content.

Strong Nations -- a business based Nanimo, BC offering a great selection of Indigenous books for all ages.

Last updated: 5 March 2021