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Indigenous Studies

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

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the dominant structure for organizing information is from a western perspective, for this reason you may need to use outdated (sometimes offensive) terminology to find resources related to Indigenous peoples; please contact us if you'd like assistance navigating this.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


Health, "Health care" "Traditional medicine" "Culturally competent care"
"Medical racism" "Traditional healing" Specific health issue (e.g. cancer, diabetes)

Search Tips:

  • Use quotation marks to search for a phrase (e.g. "First Nations").
  • Use an asterisk to search for words with the same stem (e.g. Indigen* retrieves Indigenous, Indigeneity).
  • 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

  • Indigenous peoples -- Medical care -- Canada
  • Native peoples -- Medical care -- Canada
  • Racism in medicine -- Canada
  • Indigenous peoples -- Health aspects
  • Nursing and health research
  • Medicine, Primitive -- Research -- Social aspects -- Health aspects
  • Medically underserved areas -- Canada, Northern


Below is an example of where to find subject areas that are part of an item's record. You can click on them to find other materials with the same subject heading.

Reports & Discussion Papers

Indigenous Children and Healthcare

Indigenous Health Researchers

The National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health has an Indigenous Health Researchers Database. This includes Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers who are "affiliated with a Canadian university and have a wide range of expertise related to the health of Indigenous peoples." Profiles include the Indigenous Health Themes the researchers work within, contact information, and selected publications. Search can be refined by Indigenous population (Indigenous - general, First Nations, Inuit, Métis, Urban Indigenous) that research has been conducted on/with.

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