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Indigenous Studies

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

Introduction

A red dress in a black circle with text saying missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse peopleThis guide provides OC Library and web resources related to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Gender Diverse People as well as search strategies on this and related topics.

This is a topic that may be triggering. Please be sure to take time to care for yourself if you are researching or accessing information on this topic.

The Government of Canada has implemented a national, independent, toll-free support line which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you or someone you know requires immediate support, please call 1-844-413-6649 to speak to a counsellor. The service is available in English, French, Cree, Anishnaabemowin (Ojibway) and Inuktitut.

Okanagan College students may want to connect with Aboriginal Services or Counselling Services. As well, the Here2Talk service provides confidential counselling and community referral services, available 24/7 via app, phone and web.

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the dominant structure for organizing information is from a western perspective, for this reason you may need to use outdated (sometimes offensive) terminology to find resources related to Indigenous peoples; please contact us if you'd like assistance navigating this.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

"Missing women" "Highway of Tears" MMIWG2S
"Stolen sisters" Rematriate "MMIWG Inquiry"
"Violence against women" "Domestic violence" "Gendered violence"

Search Tips:

  • Use quotation marks to search for a phrase (e.g. "missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls").
  • Use an asterisk to search for words with the same stem (e.g. violen* retrieves violent, violence).
  • 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

  • Missing and murdered Indigenous women
  • Missing Indigenous women
  • Indigenous women -- crimes against
  • Native women -- crimes against -- Canada
  • Native women -- Violence against -- Canada
  • Missing persons -- Canada -- Investigations
  • National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (Canada)

Action Plans

Featured News

A six-part series by Brandi Morin on Al Jazeera which "tells the stories of some of the Indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered along an infamous stretch of highway in British Columbia, Canada." (updated as articles are released)

  1. The Stench of Death on Canada's Highway of Tears
  2. Snatched Away: The Indigenous women taken on the Highway of Tears
  3. Hunted: How Indigenous Women are Disappearing in Canada

Featured Books

Featured Articles

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Featured Videos

A TEDx talk by Tamara Bernard that encourages hope, love, empowerment and igniting a new way of learning together as a nation. Tamara lays bare the world of violence impacting indigenous women.

"In Collaboration with Canada Without Poverty (CWP), and with support from CASWE’s Social Policy and Advocacy Committee, the Centre for Studies on Poverty and Social Citizenship (CSPSC) hosts a panel discussion focusing on the systemic discrimination and inequalities at the root of the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada."

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