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Indigenous Peoples of Canada

This guide is intended to help you find information on First Nations, Métis and Inuit people and issues in BC and Canada.


First Nations people in button blankets at Quatsino Sound, VPL #14079, 19--, Ben W. Leeson

This guide is intended to help you find information on First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and issues in BC and Canada, including information on traditional life, history, art, land claims & treaties and residential schools. In addition to book and online resource suggestions, each section of this guide includes tips on building effective searches in the library catalogue.

Many books, particularly older publications and those published in the United States, use the terms "Indians" and "Eskimos" to refer to First Nations and Inuit peoples. These terms therefore appear in this guide. However, this does not reflect current Canadian usage.

Vancouver is located on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Vancouver Public Library Projects and Programs

Upcoming Events at the Library

Events with an Indigenous focus or including Indigenous speakers.

Indigenous Storyteller in Residence

Each year Vancouver Public Library hosts an Indigenous Storyteller in Residence who organizes events at at library branches throughout the city. The Indigenous Storyteller in Residence provides a valuable link between the library and Indigenous communities as a way to honour Indigenous culture and traditions, and connect storytellers and listeners. For both Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants, this promotes intercultural understanding and communication.

Remembering Our DTES Women

Since 1991, the Women's Memorial March Committee has organized a march on February 14th to honour the memory of all women from the Downtown Eastside who have died due to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual violence. Each year since 2005 the Women's Memorial March Quilt is carried by dozens of people during that march. This quilt was created by the collaboration of family members, friends, and community members over many years. Each panel honours the love, hopes, and dreams for the women who have been murdered or gone missing in the DTES. Since 2015, the Vancouver Public Library and the Women's Memorial March Committee have been working together to digitize the 120+ beautiful panels that form the Women's Memorial March Quilt. Our intention is to preserve the images of the panels in high quality photographs, and then with the families' approval display the images in this online gallery.

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