"Languages play a crucial role in the daily lives of people, not only as a tool for communication, education, social integration and development, but also as a repository for each person's unique identity, cultural history, traditions and memory." 
This guide provides OC Library and web resources related to Indigenous languages as well as search strategies on this and related topics.
image source: Indigenous Languages in Canada (click for full size)
IMPORTANT: the dominant structure for organizing information is from a western perspective, for this reason you may need to use outdated (sometimes offensive) terminology to find resources related to Indigenous peoples; please contact us if you'd like assistance navigating this.
Combine keywords related to the concept of Indigenous identity with keywords related to your area of interest.
|Inuit||Métis||"Indians of North America"|
|Indian||Native||Name of Nation or Community (e.g. Secwépemc)|
|Linguistics||"Language reclamation"||"Language revitalization"|
|Dialect||"Sleeping language"||Specific language or dialect (e.g. nsyilxcn)|
Subject headings are a tool designed to help researchers find similar materials. These are only some examples of the many subject headings that Okanagan College Library uses. Spend a few minutes exploring them when you find a book in the catalogue that supports your research.
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Traveling to the community of his ancestors Eli Hirtle begins his language journey across Alberta.
A documentary which focuses on revitalizing Gwich'in.
Retake follows the journey of co-directors Gwaai Edenshaw (Haida) and Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot'in) as they work to produce Edge of the Knife, a feature-length film told entirely in the critically-endangered Haida language. Today, there are only 24 fluent Haida speakers left; many of the actors had to learn the language to learn their lines."
These articles can be found in the OC Library catalogue by clicking the title links. Descriptions of the articles come from the article itself, either from the abstract or body of the text.
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