This guide provides OC Library and web resources related to Indigenous languages as well as search strategies on this and related topics.
"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." 
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the dominant structure for organizing information is from a western perspective, for this reason you may need to use outdated (sometimes offensive) terminology to find resources related to Indigenous peoples; please contact us if you'd like assistance navigating this.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.
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