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Aboriginal Research Guide

Note: In academic library catalogues, the most common subject term for finding Aboriginal resources is Indians of North America. While this is a standardized subject term, this terminology does not accurately represent the diversity of Aboriginal culture and its peoples. For a more detailed history of Aboriginal terminology in Canada, see the article "Words First: an evolving terminology relating to Aboriginal Peoples in Canada," written by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada in 2002.

Here are some suggested Subject Headings to use when researching Aboriginal Peoples in Canada at Humber Libraries and beyond. 

Indians of North America--Canada Native Peoples Indians of North America--Politics and government
 Indians of North America--Social life and customs  Indians of North America--Legal status, laws, etc.--Canada  Indian philosophy--North America
  Indian Authors--North America Ojibwa Indians. Indians, treatment of


There are many different English words used to identify and describe Aboriginal peoples. Consider using a variety of keywords when researching. For example, information on Aboriginal peoples may also be found by searching:

First Nations Native Americans
Indigenous Indians of North America
American Indians First Peoples

There are many different Aboriginal tribes in Canada. You can also search by tribal name, such as Ojibway/Objibwe, Anishnabe, Algonquian, Cree, Iroquois, Haida, etc.