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the dominant structure for organizing information is from a western perspective, for this reason you may need to use outdated (sometimes offensive) terminology to find resources related to Indigenous peoples; please contact us if you'd like assistance navigating this.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

AND

"Food security" "Food sovereignty" or "Food reclamation" "Food insecurity"
"Traditional food" or "Country food" "Food policy" "Food systems"
Colonialism "Food ways" "Sustainable living"

Search Tips:

  • Use quotation marks to search for a phrase (e.g. "food security").
  • Use an asterisk to search for words with the same stem (e.g. sovereign* retrieves sovereign, sovereignty, sovereignties).
  • 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

  • Indians of North America -- Food
  • Nutrition, Foods and food supply
  • Cultural resurgence
  • Indigenous peoples' health

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Ways Colonialism Interrupts Indigenous Foodways

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