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Indigenous Collection Highlights

Indian in Transition, Daphne Odjig, 1978.
Canadian Museum of History, III-M-15, IMG2008-0624-0001-Dm

Indigenous Collections At Western Libraries

This guide highlights aspects of Western Libraries' and the affiliated King's, Huron, Brescia and St. Peter's Libraries' collections that represent both the creative output of Indigenous peoples and information about Indigenous peoples. Each page highlights items from our collection and provides information on how to find more.

A Note about Terminology

Please be aware that many of the subject headings you may encounter in the library catalogue (such as "Indians of North America") may reflect dated terminology, concepts, and perceptions of Indigenous peoples.  

Western University is currently working to update these terms and begin decolonizing the library catalogue, in consultation with other Canadian institutions, Western's Indigenous scholars, and local communities.

Land Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge the history of the traditional territory in which Western Libraries operates. We would also like to respect the longstanding relationships of the three local First Nations groups of this land and place in Southwestern Ontario.

The Attawandaran (Neutral) peoples once settled this region alongside the Algonquin and Haudenosaunee peoples, and used this land as their traditional beaver hunting grounds.

The three other longstanding Indigenous groups of this geographic region are the Anishinaabe Peoples, the Haudenosaunee Peoples and the Leni-Lunaape Peoples.

The three First Nations communities closest in proximity to Western University are the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation (part of the Anishinaabe), the Oneida Nation of the Thames (part of the Haudenosaunee) and the Munsee-Delaware Nation (part of the Leni-Lunaape).


For collection suggestions or more information about Indigenous collections at Western or the Affiliates, contact:

Western Libraries:  Peggy Ellis
Brescia Alicia Calkins 
Huron Colleen Burgess
King's King's Reference
St. Peter's Frances Theilade 

Indigenous Studies Studies

Looking to do research for an Indigenous Studies Studies course?  The Indigenous Studies Research Guide supports interdisciplinary courses in Indigenous Studies at Western.

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