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Indigenous Research and Ethics

a guide to reading, researching, and studying topics related to Indigenous Peoples and Communities

Identifying Communities and Histories

Situating Place - Identifying Names, Territories, Treaties and Languages

One of the first steps in engaging with Indigenous cultures and communities, is to increase your understanding of the breath and depth of Indigenous history in the place you live, work, or want to do research. 

Not sure where to begin?

The online platform, Native-Land.ca enables users to "interact with maps of Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages, and locate themselves and their favorite places on the map. Fundamentally, the maps aim to visualize the complexity and diversity of Indigenous peoples, nations, and cultures across the Americas, Australia, and increasingly the world, so that non-Indigenous and Indigenous people alike can increase their understanding and knowledge of the breadth and depth of Indigenous history in these places." 

As Native-Land.ca acknowledges, "[t]his tool is not meant to be an official, legal, or archival resource. It is instead a broadly researched and crowdsourced body of information. It is meant to encourage education and engagement on topics of Indigenous land—particularly, where you are located."

(Native Land Digital Teacher's Guide, 2019)

Sources for further exploration

Choosing Appropriate Search Terms

Considering Vocabulary and Search Strategies

The article linked below, "Researching Native Americans : Reflections on vocabulary, search strategies, and technology," provides insight into the strategies and techniques needed to thoroughly conduct library research in this area.

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Indigenous Language Learning Resources