Indigenous Studies Programme

Most materials required will be in English, with some texts and bilingual texts in Mohawk, Cayuga, and Ojibwe.
The library's collection in Native studies is already developed in certain areas because of the acquisitions made by other units, such as Anthropology, Sociology, and Social Work. In order to deliver its program and to carry out its research mandate, the Indigenous Studies Program requires expansion of materials focussed on Aboriginal perspectives and/or materials created by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis scholars, writers, and publishers.
Most materials will be acquired from North American sources, especially from publishers that specialize or have good listings of materials by Aboriginal writers, scholars, and culture bearers. Key sources dealing with international Indigenous issues will be acquired.

Both previously published classics and currently published materials in the field.

  • Books: generally, scholarly texts in the field of Indigenous Studies, including both classics and currently published texts, especially those dealing with the Eastern Woodland peoples, with some emphasis on the history and culture of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory
  • Periodicals: selected journals, especially those focussing on First Nations issues and perspectives
  • Government Documents: a very necessary research resource for Indigenous Studies students, the relevant sources on Aboriginal issues, treaties, and publications of the Canadian government and Royal Commissions, as well as important historical documents, especially those relevant to the Six Nations
  • Theses: theses from other institutions, written by First Nations and non-Native graduate students on Hodenosaunee studies topics
  • Audio-Tapes: selected audio-tapes of guest lecturers and Native language speakers will be kept in the Indigenous Studies office.
  • Audio-Visual Materials: The Library acquires video tapes for single user viewing only. Videos and films for classroom viewing are available through Media Services which licenses such use. AV materials are kept in the Indigenous Studies main office.
  • Electronic Resources: The Library licenses electronic resources (full text journals, indexes) for use through the library's web site.
  • Proceedings: Proceedings of Native Studies conferences in Canada (including Indigenous Knowledge conferences, and Canadian Aboriginal Science and Technology Society) and selected proceedings from Native American and international Indigenous Studies conferences


Indigenous Perspectives on Globalization (A)

      International materials (particularly on South Africa, South American and Australia) needed to support the main research projects of the Academic Director (she holds a TRENDS SSHRC grant on globalization and is one of the collaborators of the Theme School on Globalization).


Traditional Indigenous Perspectives on Ecology (A)

      The study of ecological teaching of Indigenous peoples. Some depth is needed in library collection on historical and contemporary materials concerning land use and environmental issues, especially relating to the well being of the people and the environs of the Grand River. These materials will support the Environmental Roundtable, a research group based on a partnership between university researchers and Six Nations community members, including the Hodenosaunee Environmental Delegation.


Iroquois First Nations (A)

      Some depth is needed to support both faculty research and teaching interests and the undergraduate and graduate theses being written on contemporary culture, history, socio-political, economic subjects concerning the Six Nations Territory.


Literature by First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Native American Writers (A)

      Most texts by First Nations, Inuit and Métis writers and significant texts by Native American writers.


Mohawk Language and Culture (C)

      Studies of the Mohawk language and relevant cultural studies, some bilingual texts.


Cayuga Language and Culture (C)

      Studies of the Cayuga language and relevant cultural studies, some bilingual texts.


Ojibwe Language and Culture (C)

      Studies of the Ojibwe language and relevant cultural studies, some bilingual texts.


Introduction to Contemporary Indigenous Issues (C)

      General studies on political, social, and legal issues concerning Native Americans and First Nations, especially Eastern Woodland Peoples, with an emphasis on Six nations and New Credit.


Indigenous Peoples' Spirituality (C)

      Background and contemporary texts on Indigenous peoples' views of the natural world, philosophy/environmentalism, social life and spirituality.


History of Indigenous Peoples (C)

      General historical sources on the main tribal groups of North America, with an emphasis on those from the Atlantic Ocean to southwestern Ontario, especially the Hodenosaunee, Mississaugas of New Credit, and Odawas of Manitoulin Island.


Indigenous Approaches to Healing and Wellness (C)

     Selected texts on Indigenous approaches to science, health, medicine, spiritual wellbeing, and social work.


Native Approaches to Research Methodology and Pedagogy (C)

      All major studies of research methodology and pedagogy from Indigenous peoples' perspectives.

Cross-Disciplinary Programmes, Theme Schools