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First Nations and Aboriginal Peoples: Books

This guide was created to assist students studying First Nations and Aboriginal Peoples to find authoritative and current materials to use during the research process.

Finding Books

Searching by Keyword

The Classic Catalogue's default search setting is set to keyword.

Begin by identifying the keywords in the question or the subject you wish to find materials for. Here is an example:


  • I am looking for books on violence against First Nations women. How do I find them?


Begin by identifying the important words in the question.

  • I am looking for books relating to violence and First Nations and women.

Go to the Classic Catalogue to perform the keyword search. Remember to think about different terms (synonyms), which may prove to be more effective during the research process. For instance, First Nations may be changed to Aboriginal, Indigenous, Indians of North America, or Native Americans.

Searching: violence AND First Nations AND women retrieves 20 results. You can broaden or narrow results retrieved by adding other terms of interest into the mix. To learn more about improving your search results, check out this guide on searching with Boolean operators.


  • Aboriginal AND women AND violence
  • Indigenous AND women AND violence
  • Indians of North America AND women AND violence
  • Native Americans AND women AND violence
  • (First Nations OR Aboriginal OR Indigenous OR Indians of North America OR Native Americans) AND women AND violence 

Search by Call Number

Searching by a book's call number is one of the most efficient ways to search for materials! Searching this way allows you to go directly to a book's bibliographic record, while gaining the ability to search the shelves virtually from the comfort of your own desk or home!

Every item in the library has been assigned a call number. These numbers tell us the subject area of the material, the location of the item in the library, and the physical order of the books on the shelf. It is these numbers that allow you to see all of the titles of the books located next to the searched item on the shelf.

Give it a try!

Go to the classic catalgoue and search by the call number E99. K55 M54 1994

This call number is associated with the text Eagle is down is our Law: The Witsuwit'en Law, Feasts, and Land Claims.

Searching by Subject Heading

Searching by subject heading ensures that you are able to pull up all of the materials associated with a given subject. Each and every book in the library has a predetermined subject heading assigned to them. These subject headings indicate the different subjects or topics being dealt with in a particular book. Each of the subject headings found in the catalogue is linked to other materials dealing with the same subject matter.  

Do a Subject Heading search and see what you can find:

Begin by going to the Classic Catalogue and selecting subject in the drop-down menu. Try searching any or all of the following subject headings to see the various materials we have. The subject headings below are focused on Indigenous literature such as novels, poems, and plays.

  1. American poetry -- Indian authors.
  2. Canadian drama -- Indian authors.
  3. Canadian drama (English) -- Indian authors.
  4. Canadian literature -- Inuit authors.
  5. Canadian literature (English) -- Native authors.
  6. Indian poetry -- North America -- Translations into English.
  7. Indian poetry -- Translations into English.
  8. Indians -- Poetry.
  9. Indians of North America -- Canada -- Drama.
  10. Indians of North America -- Canada -- Poetry.
  11. Indians of North America -- Drama.
  12. Indians of North America -- Poetry.
  13. Inuit literature -- Canada -- Translations into English.
  14. Métis -- Poetry.
  15. Native peoples -- Poetry.
  16. Short stories, Canadian (English) -- Indian authors.

Indigenous Literary Authors

Searching by author ensures that you are able to pull up all of the materials associated with a specific author.

Do an author search and see what you can find:

Begin by going to the Classic Catalogue and selecting author in the drop-down menu. Try searching any or all of the following authors to see the various materials we have. Below is a list of Indigenous literary authors who have written novels, poems, and plays.

  • Akiwenzie-Damm, Kateri, 1965-
  • Alexie, Sherman, 1966-
  • Armstrong Jeannette C.
  • Baker, Marie Annharte, 1942-
  • Ballantyne, Bill.
  • Blaeser, Kimberly M.
  • Blue Cloud, Peter.
  • Bose, Chris.
  • Bouvier, Rita E.
  • Boyden, Joseph, 1966-
  • Brant, Beth, 1941-
  • Campbell, Maria, 1940-
  • Clements, Marie Humber, 1962-
  • Dandurand, Joseph A.
  • Dumont, Albert, 1950-
  • Dumont, Marilyn, 1955-
  • Einarson, Earl, 1962-
  • Erdrich, Louise.
  • Fife, Connie, 1961-
  • Flett, Julie.
  • French, Alice, 1930-
  • Gansworth, Eric L.
  • George, Dan, 1899-1981.
  • Gould, Janice, 1949-
  • Halfe, Louise, 1953-
  • Highway, Tomson, 1951-
  • Hogan, Linda.
  • Hunter, Al, 1958-
  • Ipellie, Alootook, 1951-
  • John-Kehewin, Wanda, 1971-
  • Johnson, E. Pauline, 1861-1913.
  • Joudry, Shalan, 1979-
  • Kane, Margo.
  • Keeshig-Tobias, Lenore.
  • Kenny, Maurice, 1929-
  • Keon, Wayne.
  • King, Thomas, 1943-
  • Kirton, Jónína, 1955-
  • Kusugak, Michael.
  • Loyie, Oskiniko Larry, 1933-
  • Lundy, Randy, 1967-
  • Maracle, Lee.
  • Markoosie.
  • Marshall, Lindsay, 1960-
  • McIlwraith, Naomi L. (Naomi Lynne), 1963-
  • Mercredi, Duncan, 1951-
  • Mojica, Monique, 1954-
  • Momaday, N. Scott, 1934-
  • Morrisseau, Norval, 1931-2007.
  • Moses, Daniel David, 1952-
  • Mourning Dove, 1888-1936.
  • Nadjiwon, Rolland, 1945-
  • Nappaaluk, Mitiarjuk.
  • Owens, Louis.
  • Paul, Philip Kevin, 1971-
  • Pennier, Henry, 1904-
  • Power, Susan, 1961-
  • Robinson, Eden.
  • Rogers, Janet Marie, 1963-
  • Rose, Wendy.
  • Ross, Ian, 1968-
  • Ruffo, Armand Garnet, 1955-
  • Schoolcraft, Jane Johnston, 1800-1842.
  • Scofield, Gregory A., 1966-
  • Standing Bear, Luther, 1868?-1939.
  • Taylor, Drew Hayden, 1962-
  • Thrasher, Anthony Apakark, 1937-
  • Van Camp, Richard, 1971-
  • Wagamese, Richard.
  • Welch, James, 1940-2003.
  • William, Gerry, 1952-
  • Wolfe, Alexander, 1927-

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