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the dominant structure for organizing information is from a western perspective, for this reason you may need to use outdated (sometimes offensive) terminology to find resources related to Indigenous peoples; please contact us if you'd like assistance navigating this.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