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Indigenous Studies

This guide provides resources related to the interdisciplinary field of Indigenous Studies.


We respectfully acknowledge that our Salmon Arm campus is located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwépemc people and our Vernon, Kelowna and Penticton campuses are located on the traditional and unceded territory of the Syilx-Okanagan people and the Revelstoke satellite campus is located on the traditional and unceded territories of the Ktunaxa, Sinixt, Secwépemc and Syilx Okanagan peoples.

This guide is meant to be a starting point for finding information on the interdisciplinary field of Indigenous Studies. At Okanagan College, Indigenous Studies courses "focus on Indigenous oral histories, kinship, economics, community life, spiritual relationships and ways of knowing. Study offers a holistic understanding of Indigenous peoples, their perspective and politics, as well as their past and present."

Accessing Material at OC Library

At Okanagan College Library, we use OCtopus to search for library materials. The different themed guides in Indigenous Studies provide suggestions for keyword searches. You can start your search here:

Keep in mind:

  • Online resources can often be emailed, printed, or downloaded.
  • Renew your checked out materials online, by phone, or in person at your campus library.
  • Place Request links next to library materials allows you to request to have a book or DVD delivered from one OC Campus Library to another.
  • Restricted access materials in some databases will require you to be logged into your library account in order to see them. If you are having trouble accessing material, make sure you are logged in using your myOkanagan username (e.g. 300xxxxxx@stu.oc) and password.
  • Save items for later by using the "tools" buttons to the right of the item's record. We recommend e-mailing the item to yourself or copying the permalink to the item (TIP: don't copy the web browser URL as it will not take you back to your item later).

Indigenous Peoples in Canada

infographic from Statistics Canada regarding Indigenous Peoples

Featured Books

An Indigenous person sitting on the grass with the book title

Need Help?

There are a few different ways to connect with the library if you need help. The About OC Library page provides:

  • library hours for in-person assistance;
  • a list of departments and their liaison librarians;
  • link to make an appointment (in-person and/or online options available);
  • link to the AskAway online chat service;
  • contact info for all librarians; and
  • contact info for all campus libraries.

You can also send us an email through the Ask the Library page.

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