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Indigenous Resources


Indigenous Resources

This guide will help you find information relevant to Indigenous topics in Treaty 6, Treaty 7, and Métis ancestral lands.


Access to most articles and databases is restricted to Red Deer Polytechnic students, faculty, and staff. To access these resources from off-campus, you will need to login. For more information, please see My Library Account or contact the Library.

Recommended Databases

Search Tips

A database is an organized collection of information, usually academic journal articles. Searching within databases can be time consuming, but there are advantages to this research strategy:

  • Databases are usually limited by academic discipline, which means you'll retrieve fewer results but they may be more relevant
  • Databases are highly structured, which means you can perform complex searches using controlled vocabulary

Tip: Searching databases with keywords is a good starting strategy. However, be aware that some databases may use different terminology. When you find a relevant article, check the subject headings and article description for terminology that could be useful.

Red Deer Polytechnic Library recognizes that our catalogue and resource descriptions contain language that reflects the biases, norms, and perspectives of the time in which they were created. In particular, for resources about persons and groups, this language is often outdated and harmful. These descriptions also incorporate controlled vocabularies, such as the Library of Congress Subject Headings, which include some headings (e.g., Indians of North America), that are offensive or inappropriate. We use international standards for description, but support and actively participate in efforts to update and change these practices as we strive for descriptions that are inclusive, respectful, and do not cause harm. We acknowledge the critical importance of community consultation in these efforts, and as residents on Treaty 7 and Treaty 6 territories and Métis Region 3 we commit to working together with our local communities to make these changes.

Multidisciplinary Databases



History & Culture


Recommended Academic Journals

Search Tips

Academic journals are periodical publications containing academic articles. Academic journals are considered scholarly because they have been through the evaluative process of peer-review.

Academic journal articles are usually found in databases. However, you can also search within specific journals.

Recommended Peer-Reviewed Journals

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This guide contains content adapted with permission from X̱wi7x̱wa Library. If you use any of the information, please ensure to comply with the terms and conditions of use imposed by the owners or licensees of those materials.

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