Reference resources are a great place to begin your research as they give you background information on your topic. They can help you define terms as well as find overviews of topics, concepts and theories. They can also help you identify keywords or alternate terms for database searching. Many have helpful bibliographies that will point you to the key scholars in the field.
There are many different types of reference sources, which include dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, handbooks, and style manuals to name a few. For background information on Canadian literature, check the subject guide Canadian literature and the Indigenous Studies subject guide - reference materials.
Companions and handbooks to a literature may contain one or more essays or chapters dealing with indigenous topics. Some may include individual entries for specific persons. See for example: