Services to Indigenous Communities
Peace Library System acknowledges that we are located on the Treaty 8 territory of the Cree, Beaver, and Dene people, and Region 6 of the Métis Nation of Alberta. We are grateful to live, work, and learn together on this land which has been home to many First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples since time immemorial. We recognize this land as an act of reconciliation, and we also commit to supporting and celebrating our local Indigenous communities while working to break down institutional barriers to make our libraries equitable and accessible.
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.
Support for Indigenous Patrons
- Indian Residential School Survivors and Family 1-866-925-4419
The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of his or her Residential school experience.
- Inuit & First Nations Hope for Wellness Line (available in Inuktitut, Cree, Ojibway, English, and French) | Phone: 1-855-242-3310 | Online chat
- Crisis Services Canada | Phone in English: 1-833-456-4566 | Phone in French: 1-866-277-3553
- Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
- Good2Talk Post Secondary Crisis Line 1-866-925-5454
- LGBT Youth Line LGBTQQ22SI peer support | Phone: 1-800-268-9688 | Text 647-694-4275
Recent Books with Indigenous Representation
Held by the land : a guide to indigenous plants for wellness = Wa ch'ích'istway ta temixw : spén̉em txwnam̉ ta ha7lh sḵwálwen
This place is who we are : stories of Indigenous leadership, resilience, and connection to homelands
This booklist is updated approximately every summer & winter. Last updated: December 2021
Alberta Indigenous Relations -- the website for the Government of Alberta
Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association -- access contact information for friendship centres across the province and more.
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
Beyond 94 -- from CBC News
Blackfoot and First Nations Metis and Inuir Protocol Handbook -- by the University of Lethbridge
Blackfoot Digital Library -- by the University of Lethbridge
Discussing Residential Schools and Indigenous Issues -- The Canadian Children's Book Centre
Engaging with Elders: A Co-Created Story -- from Native Counselling Services of Alberta
Glenbow Archives -- resources for genealogy research with a focus on Prairie Provinces and Métis ancestry
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
It's Our Time Learning Modules -- from Assembly of First Nations
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
National Association of Friendship Centres -- contact information and resources from friendship centres across the country.
Native Counselling Services of Alberta -- helping to provide fair and equitable access to justice, children's services and corrections systems in Alberta.
Not Just Another Day Off -- an online exhibit on Orange Shirt Day and the legacy of Indian Residential Schools.
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
- Terminology Reference (English | French)
- Alberta Métis Settlements and Agreements (English | French)
- An Introduction to the Inuit (English | French)
- Numbered Treaties within Alberta: Treaty 6 (English | French)
- Timeline of Alberta's Indigenous History (English | French)
- Numbered Treaties within Alberta: Treaty 7 (English | French)
- Elder Protocol (English | French)
- Numbered Treaties within Alberta: Treaty 8 (English | French)
- Traditional Plants (English | French)
- First Nations, Métis and Inuit Music and Dance (English | French)
- Indigenous Education Resources (English | French)
- Indigenous Linguistic Diversity and Revitalization (English | French)
- Residential Schools—First Nations Experience (English | French)
- Residential Schools—Métis Experience (English | French)
- Residential Schools—Inuit Experience (English)
The People and the Text - Indigenous Writing to 1992
Treaty Talk & Treaty Walk Films - two films to be used as educational tools for schools and communities.
Voices of the Land - Alberta-wide platform supporting the creation, sharing, discovery and celebration of Indigenous content.
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 her through.
A CBC podcast about trying to find Cleo, a child taken by the welfare workers in the 70s and adopted in the U.S.
Created by the Indigenous150+ Youth Ambassador program, over 40 episodes of conversations with knowledge keepers, community leaders, artists, and influencers.
Indigenous Cinema from the National Film Board -- a space dedicated to short and long films from Indigenous creators
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.
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.
This Place (CBC Podcast)
Based on the acclaimed graphic novel anthology, This Place is a 10-part journey through one-hundred and fifty years of Indigenous resistance and resilience. Through dramatizations and interviews, along with your host and time-guide storyteller Rosanna Deerchild, the series reveals the heroes, battles, triumphs and traditions which live outside and beyond the national story we have been taught ... to learn, to share, and to heal the future of "this place" we call Canada.
Treaty Talk & Treaty Walk Films - two films to be used as educational tools for schools and communities.
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.
Indigenous Professional Development Titles
21 things you may not know about the Indian Act : helping Canadians make reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a reality
Canada's residential schools : the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
Canada's Residential Schools: Missing Children and Unmarked Burials The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volume 4
Canada's Residential Schools: Reconciliation The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volume 6
Canada's Residential Schools: The History, Part 1, Origins to 1939 The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volume I
Canada's Residential Schools: The History, Part 2, 1939 to 2000 The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volume I
Canada's Residential Schools: The Inuit and Northern Experience The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volume 2
Canada's Residential Schools: The Legacy The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volume 5
Canada's Residential Schools: The Métis Experience The Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Volume 3
Final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Volume one : summary : honouring the truth, reconciling for the future : summary of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
A knock on the door : the essential history of residential schools from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
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.
Books on Residential Schools, Chosen & Shared by David A. Robertson -- Book recommendations from David A. Robertson.
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.
GoodMinds.com -- 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 in Nanaimo, BC offering a great selection of Indigenous books for all ages.
At Home on Native Land - self-guided video course. Includes: 10 conversations with prominent Indigenous thinkers, scholars, and legal experts with host Ryan McMahon, 10 lessons laying out the fundamentals of Treaty rights, the Indian Act, Constitutional rights, and environmental rights & Indigenous stewardship, and prompts for self-reflection and ways to initiate dialogue at work, at school, or around the dinner table
Indigenous Data Management Series - discusses metadata standards with a focus on those relevant to Indigenous communities, including the Traditional Knowledge Labels developed by Local Contexts.
Steps to Reconciliation in Alberta Libraries on Peace Library System Staff Niche Academy
Last updated: 1 June 2023.