Digital Display: Indigenous History Month

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2023

June is National Indigenous History Month! Every year, we celebrate Indigenous History Month, which falls around National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21st). This is an opportunity to learn more about the history of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people, who have lived on this land since time immemorial. To coincide with festivities, which run throughout the month, MacEwan Library has put together a number of films and books about Indigenous peoples and their histories.


To Read:

‘Métis’: Race, Recognition, and the Struggle for Indigenous Peoplehood by Chris Andersen

A Knock on the Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Edited and Abridged by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

A National Crime: The Canadian Government and the Residential School System by John S. Milloy

Arrows in a Quiver: From Contact to the Courts in Indigenous-Canadian Relations by James Frideres

Canada’s First Nations and Cultural Genocide by Robert Z. Cohen

Canadian Indigenous Literature and Art: Decolonizing Education, Culture, and Society by Carol A. Mullen

Carrying the Burden of Peace: Reimagining Indigenous Masculinities Through Story by Sam McKegney 

Clearing the Plains: Disease, Politics of Starvation, and the Loss of Indigenous Life by James W. Daschuk

Disinherited Generations: Our Struggle to Reclaim Treaty Rights for First Nations Women and Their Descendants by Nellie Carlson and Kathleen Steinhauer

From Treaties to Reserves: The Federal Government and Native Peoples in Territorial Alberta, 1870-1924 by D. J. Hall

Gathering Places: Aboriginal and Fur Trade Histories by Laura L. Peers and Carolyn Podruchny

Histories of Indigenous Peoples and Canada by John Douglas Belshaw, Sarah Nickel, and Chelsea Horton

Indigenous Poetics in Canada by Neal McLeod

Indigenous Toronto: Stories that Carry This Place by Denise Bolduc, Mnawaate Gordon-Corbiere, Rebeka Tabobondung, and Brian Wright-McLeod

Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, & Inuit Issues in Canada by Chelsea Vowel

Let the People Speak: Oppression in a Time of Reconciliation by Sheilla Jones

Metis Pioneers: Marie Rose Delorme Smith and Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed by Doris Jeanne MacKinnon

Rekindling the Sacred Fire: Métis Ancestry and Anishinaabe Spirituality by Chantal Fiola

Spirits of the Grassroots People: Seeking Justice for Indigenous Survivors of Canada’s Colonial Education System by Raymond Mason, Jackson Pind, and Theodore Michael Christou

What the Eagle Sees: Indigenous Stories of Rebellion and Renewal by Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger


To Watch:


In the Footsteps of the Inuit: The History of Nunavik

Kwa’nu’te’: Micmac and Maliseet Artists

Pow wows & Exhibition

Truth and Reconciliation: The Legacy of Residential Schools in Canada