Learn about National Indigenous People Day & National Indigenous History Month

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Capilano University's Legacy Canoe

On June 21, engage in new learning about the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis and celebrate in a safe way from home.


Springtime is Pow Wow time for many Indigenous cultures in Canada. Pow Wows are joyous and beautiful expressions of culture meant to uplift people after the winter. This year, due to the pandemic restrictions, PowWows have gone online

Learn PowWow dancing 101 with Nyla Carpentier of the Tahltan and Kaska First Nations.
The Jingle Dress Dance, popular at Pow wows, is known as a dance of healing.

Film & Documentaries

Everything Indigenous (CBC Gem)
Reel Injun (trailer)
50 Years of Indigenous-Made Cinema in Canada: A Celebration (Article)
NFB library of films about Indigenous Peoples
Reel Canada catalogue of Indigenous Made Films
Shadow of Dumont (trailer)
Rhymes for Young Ghouls (trailer)
Blood Quantum (trailer)
Smoke Signals (trailer)
Stolen Spirits of Haida Gwaii (movie)
Thunderheart (trailer)
Windtalkers (trailer)
Searching For Winnetou (documentary)
Maker of Monsters: The Extraordinary Life of Beau Dick (documentary)

Many of these documentaries and films are free to live streaming through the Capilano University Library using your regular employee login details.

Indigenous Authors

Assiniwi, Bernard (translation by Wayne Grady) – The Beothuk Saga

Bartleman, James – As Long as the Rivers Flow

Boyden, Joseph – The Orenda

Boyden, Joseph – Three Day Road

Boyden, Joseph – Wenjack

Busch, Frank Christopher – Grey Eyes

Daniels, Carol – Bearskin Diary

Dumont, Marilyn – A Really Good Brown Girl

Erdrich, Louise – The Beet Queen

Florence, Melanie – Righting Canada’s Wrongs

Fontaine, Naomi - Kuessipan

Freeman, Mini Aodla – Life Among the Qallunaat

Highway, Tomson – Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing

Hill, Greg, Dueker, Chris & Martin, Lee-Ann – Alex Janvier

Joseph, Bob - 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act

Justice, Daniel Heath - Badger

Kinew, Wab – The Reason You Walk

King, Thomas – A Short History of Indians in Canada

King, Thomas – Green Grass, Running Water

King, Thomas – The Inconvenient Indian

Kirkness, Verna J. – Creating Space: My Life and Work in Indigenous Education

Ladner, Kiera L. & Tait, Myra J. – Surviving Canada: Indigenous Peoples Celebrate 150 Years of Betrayal

Lindberg, Tracey – Birdie

Mailhot, Terese Marie – Heart Berries: A Memoir

Nappaaluk, Mitiarjuk (translation by Bernard Saladin D’Anglure) – Sanaaq

Robinson, Eden – Monkey Beach

Robinson, Eden – Son of a Trickster

Tagaq, Tanya – Split Tooth

Talaga, Tanya – Seven Fallen Feathers

Taylor, Drew Hayden – Motorcycles and Sweetgrass

Vermette, Katherena – The Break

Wagamese, Richard – Embers: One Ojibway’s Meditations

Wagamese, Richard – Indian Horse

Wagamese, Richard – Medicine Walk

Watt-Cloutier, Sheila – The Right to be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, The Arctic and the Whole Planet

Whitehead, Joshua – Jonny Appleseed

Yahgulanaas, Michael – A Haida Manga

Yahgulanaas, Michael (Contributions by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Wangari Maathai) – Flight of the Humminbird: A Parable for the Environment


Explore Canada’s award winning Indigenous composers, music groups, session players, solo artists, and songwriters and listen to some Indigenous Music 

Indigenous Humour

Indigenous people love to laugh! Listen to CBC’s Unreserved episode called Stand-up, sketch and satire: The rise of Indigenous comedy.

Two of the many Indigenous comedians: Charlie Hill at the Winnipeg Comedy Fest and Don Burnstick.

Online Museum Collections 

Online stories from the Canadian Museum of Human Rights:
Approaching the human rights stories of Indigenous peoples
Picking Up the Pieces: The Making of the Witness Blanket
Dick Patrick: An Indigenous veteran’s fight for inclusion
Childhood denied
Bringing the ancestors home


Native Currents
This Land
Red Man Laughing
Coffee With My Ma
All My Relations
The Jig Is Up
Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo

Indigenous Training and Learning

There are many options available, including:

Indigenous Canada free course through Coursera (University of Alberta)

Aboriginal Worldviews and Education free course through Coursera (University of Toronto)

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education free course through EdX (UBC)

Truth and Reconciliation Commission

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was launched following the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement to inform all Canadians about what happened in Indian Residential Schools (IRS), and to document the truth of the survivors, families, communities, and all those who were and continue to be personally affected by the IRS experience. Through learning, the TRC hopes to inspire Indigenous peoples and Canadians in building respectful relationships based on mutual understanding. Learn more from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.


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