Purpose of Collection:

The Indigenous Studies collection at Carleton Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. As such, the collection also provides support for teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields such as Canadian Studies, Women and Gender Studies, History, Arts and Culture, Heritage Conservation, and Public Policy and Administration.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our Indigenous Studies Subject Guide.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage

  • Indigenous-Settler Encounters
  • Indigenous Ecological Ways of Knowing
  • Indigenous Governance
  • Indigenous worldviews, ways of living, ecological relationships, inter-Indigenous relations and diplomacy
  • Contemporary explorations of treaty relationship and governance
  • Cultural appropriation and identity politics
  • Indigenous Languages
  • Residential Schools
  • Indigenous representation in literature, film, television, visual arts, music, performance

Selection Guidelines


Primarily current material is collected with earlier material acquired to fill in a series gap, replace an important work that is missing or damaged, or in response to faculty and student recommendations.


The programs in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies covers geographic areas around the world including, but not exclusively, Canada, the Commonwealth nations, Great Britain and the United States.


  • English
  • Works in Indigenous languages collected by request


Books, journals, ethnographies, reprints, collections, dissertations/theses, selected translations, maps, government documents, research reports, conference proceedings; in print, online, video, digital and audio formats.


No material explicitly excluded.

Additional Collection Information

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