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DEVS 220: Introduction to Indigenous Studies (Online)

Finding Community-Based and Student-Led/Activism Sources

Community-Based Sources
Community-based sources include those created by an Indigenous community, an Elder, or a community member. 
Below are some suggestions for finding community-based sources.

  • Native Land is a resource consisting of an interactive map that can be used to learn about the territories, languages, and treaties. Its goal is to “foster conversations about the history of colonialism, Indigenous ways of knowing, and settler-Indigenous relations.”  
  • The Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Queen’s has created a list of some Indigenous communities and organizations that are local to Kingston.
  • You can go directly to the pages of a nation or associated groups and community pages to learn about them.
    •  The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte website has newsletters, updates, and other important resources.
    • The three W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations,Tsartlip, Tseycum, and Tsawout, have a website: W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council Society. They have uploaded an important work from an Elder, Saltwater People as told by Dave Elliot Sr., which has been used as a resource book for the Saanich Native Studies Program.

Student-Led Events or Activism Sources
Important issues that are mentioned in community-based sources or by Indigenous leadership groups (see section to right), for example, can help to discover and learn about ​​​​​student-led events or examples of activism.
Indigenous news sources may also help you learn about these issues and conversations currently taking place.


Another approach is to check whether there are Indigenous-led student groups, organizations, or associations at an institution to learn about upcoming and past events and programs. They may have social media pages and posts, which can help you learn more about the groups and organizations. The Queen's Native Student Association and Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre are examples at Queen's.

4Rs Youth Movement- is a youth-driven initiative with the goal of changing relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people.

National Indigenous Leadership Groups in Canada

Below are five national Indigenous leadership groups in Canada. Take a look through them to learn about current conversations and issues. 

IMPORTANT:  Remember that Queen's University Library may not have all the materials that you find. You will need to search Omni in order to know whether the books and other materials are available at Queen's or other Omni Libraries.

Further Resources

Indigenous Land Based Activism (UBC Library Guide) *Note: This resource has a mix of both scholarly and non-scholarly examples.