History of the First Nations of Canada

Background Information | E-Book Collections | Web Sites | Article Databases | Journals | Reading and Writing Guides

Background Information

General Works

These select sources are intended to give the reader a general overview of the history of the First Nations of Canada. Please check the Library catalogue or browse the shelves for more print resources specific to your topic, time period, or geographical area.

  • Aboriginal Peoples of Canada: A Short Introduction E 78 C2 A149 2002
  • Canada's First Nations: A History of Founding Peoples from Earliest Times E 78 C2 D535 2002
  • First Peoples in Canada E 78 C2 M255 2004
  • A History of the Native People of Canada (3 volumes) E 78 C2 W952 2006
  • I Have Lived Here Since the World Began: An Illustrated History of Canada's Native People E 78 C2 R39 2005
  • Native American History for Dummies E 77 L73 2008

Reference Works

These reference works contain entries on First Nations mythology, bands and tribes, and significant people, places, and events. For language help, please see the terminology and pronunciation guides.


Maps can help you to understand First Nations history and culture by providing illustrations of community / tribal boundaries, language regions, population distributions and more. The University of British Columbia's excellent guide to Aboriginal Maps includes links to First Nations language maps, population maps, treaty maps, and other useful mapping resources.

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E-Book Collections

E-books are available from Selkirk College Library. For more e-literature and primary-source documents, browse these collections to read texts online or to download free books to your computer or e-reader.

Web Sites

There is a wealth of valuable material available online on the history of the First Nations of Canada. These select web sites contain links to primary- and secondary-source document collections, timelines, digital image collections and more.

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Article Databases

Look beyond the library catalogue to find images, documents, scholarly articles and more on all areas Canadian history.

More databases can be found at:  Research databases > History

A complete list of databases can be accessed from our homepage:  FIND > Research Databases


These are just a few of the Canadian History-related journals that you can access online or through Selkirk College Library. Click on the links to find out where you can access these journals.

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Reading and Writing Guides

Reading and writing guides are available in the library for you to use during every stage of the research and writing process. Take a look if you want to improve your critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.