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Indigenous Conversations and the Library: Home

Welcome

The purpose of this subject guide is to provide a general source of information for current Indigenous conversations, issues and social movements. 

Where possible academic resources via the university library have been provided, but external sources are also noted for general information and research.  This guide is a living resource and will be updated whenever possible.

Please note that in all subject areas the books, articles, external resources, etc.  are only starting points and many other resources are available.  Please contact the library for further research assistance.

Territorial Acknowledgement

The University of Regina is situated on Treaty 4 lands with a presence in Treaty 6. These are the territories of the nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda, and the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation. Today, these lands continue to be the shared Territory of many diverse peoples from near and far. The nêhiyawak originally referred to Regina as oskana kā-asastēki which literally means "The place where bones are piled up." This is why Regina's nickname is "Pile O'Bones" and this is the origin of the name of our current location in Wascana Park.

Office Of Indigenization

A Note On Language

Please note that when researching certain subjects the word choices used by authors and organizations may be not be appropriate or may be offensive. 

Where possible this guide has showcased articles and books that utilize respectful wording and inclusive language choices.

Older and outdated terms may appear, and unfortunately may be necessary to conduct research. 

These issues and their resolutions are ongoing and a major part of library decolonization conversations. 

If you require assistance in navigating these research challenges please contact the library.

Triggers and Challenging Content

Many of the subjects, articles, books and videos found on this LibGuide and in further research can include challenging and triggering content, included but not limited to the following:

  • Discussions of self-harm
  • Violence and discrimination towards women
  • Violence and discrimination towards children
  • Sexual violence towards adults and children
  • Graphic language, violent images, etc.

Please proceed in research with self-care, and reach out to university or community support groups if needed. 

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Subject User Guide

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Michael Shires
Contact:
Archer Library Building
Treaty 4 Territory and Homeland of the Metis.
Michael.Shires@uregina.ca
306.585.5418

Contemporary Reading

#Notyourprincess

Indigenous Women demand to be heard in this stunning anthology. Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book.

Blanket Toss under Midnight Sun

A revelatory portrait of eight Indigenous communities from across North America, shown through never-before-published archival photographs--a gorgeous extension of Paul Seesequasis's popular social media project.

Shopping Cart Boy

Joshua's voice matters. He speaks for so many who are not able to express their thoughts, their sorrows, their hopes. Sixteen-year-old Joshua tells his life story in this poignant poetry collection.

Warrior Life

In a moment where unlawful pipelines are built on Indigenous territories, the RCMP make illegal arrests of land defenders on unceded lands, and anti-Indigenous racism permeates social media, the renowned lawyer, author, speaker and activist Pamela Palmater returns to wade through media misinformation and government propaganda and get to the heart of key issues lost in the noise.

Braiding Sweetgrass : Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the teachings of plants

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers.

Indigenous men and masculinities : legacies, identities, regeneration

What do we know of masculinities in non-patriarchal societies? Indigenous peoples of the Americas and beyond come from traditions of gender equity, complementarity, and the sacred feminine, concepts that were unimaginable and shocking to Euro-western peoples at contact.