Indigenous Resources in the University Library

Many of our collections at the University of Saskatchewan Library and Archives include, or are based on Indigenous materials and resources. Our regular collections contain thousands of titles, including both creative and academic works, written by Indigenous authors. Our archives house several collections of personal papers and ephemera donated to the University by Indigenous faculty and community members—for an example, check out this post about the Patricia Monture fonds. The archives also serve as a home for select historical documents, as well as some industry and government records. Additionally, there are several digital collections, available through the library’s website, which include scanned photographs and documents from a variety of sources.

In order to make these resources searchable and more accessible for researchers, students, members of the public, and the University community, many of these resources have been arranged into the assortment of collections and exhibits below.

  • The Aboriginal Education Collection is a showcase collection of both K-12 and professional resources supporting Aboriginal education and Native Studies programs within the College of Education. The Collection includes resources in many formats and emphasizes current materials, earlier influential works, and books by Aboriginal authors.


  • The Aboriginal Research Resources page is designed to bring together inter-disciplinary sources and information relating to Indigenous Studies and Native-newcomer relations at the University of Saskatchewan.


  • The Indigenous Studies Portal, or the iPortal, is a database of full-text electronic resources focusing primarily on First Nations and Aboriginal peoples of Canada with a secondary focus on North American materials and beyond.


  • The Métis Scrip digital exhibit by Camie Augustus is one of many on the Our Legacy: Exhibits page. It showcases archival materials and uses them to tell the story of the way that the land scrip program was used as a tool of settlement in the North-West and to extinguish the Aboriginal title of Métis communities.


  • The purpose of Northwest Resistance Digital Exhibit is to improve access to materials relating to the Northwest Resistance of 1885 held by the Special Collections Department of the University of Saskatchewan Libraries and the University of Saskatchewan Archives. It contains a searchable database of bibliographic records.


  • Our Legacy is a co-operative initiative among several of Saskatchewan’s publicly-accessible archives. It is primarily intended to increase the information normally available for archival material by providing access to descriptions of material at a file or item level. Where appropriate, some guides (finding aids) are also available.


In addition to our databases and exhibits librarians and library assistants have worked to compile several different library research & subject guides which focus on Indigenous perspectives, and Indigenous-settler relationships across a number of academic disciplines and interest areas:



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