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Indigenous Studies

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


This guide provides OC Library and web resources related to Indigenous literature as well as search strategies on this and related topics. Indigenous literature is meant as a term to indicate literature written by Indigenous authors and should not be thought of as being stylistically homogenous. Indigenous communities are culturally unique and have their own literary practices.

From Aboriginal Literatures in Canada: A Teacher's Resource (2003):

As Okanagan author and director of the First Nations Creative Writing School (the En’owkin Centre in Penticton, B.C.), Jeannette Armstrong, put it in an interview with Renate Eigenbrod on August 6, 2001: “I would stay away from the idea of “Native” literature, there is no such thing. There is Mohawk literature, there is Okanagan literature, but there is no generic Native in Canada.”

Finding Resources at OC Library

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the dominant structure for organizing information is from a western perspective, for this reason you may need to use outdated (sometimes offensive) terminology to find resources related to Indigenous peoples; please contact us if you'd like assistance navigating this.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.

For example:

Indigenous Aboriginal "First Nations"
Inuit Métis "Indians of North America"
Indian Native Name of Nation or Community (e.g. Secwépemc)


Literature Writing Stories
Representation OwnVoices "Literary criticism"
Author   Specific genre (e.g. fiction, poetry, horror)

Search Tips:

  • Use quotation marks to search for a phrase (e.g. "residential schools").
  • Use an asterisk to search for words with the same stem (e.g. litera* retrieves literary, literature, literatures).
  • Terminology changes over time. You many need to search for alternative spellings of a word, for example: Sto:lo, Stó:lô, Staulo, Stahlo or you may need to search for alternate words, for example: Kwakiutl/Kwakwaka'wakw or Nootka/Nuu-chah-nulth

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.

Search by Subject Terms

  • American Literature--Indian authors--History and criticism
  • Canadian Literature--Indian authors--History and criticism
  • Indians in literature
  • Indigenous authors--21st century
  • Colonization in literature

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