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.
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)
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.
The links below are only a sampling of the kinds of resources available for language learning. Individual Nations may have more specific resources or programs available.
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