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IST: Indigenous Studies

This guide presents selected print and electronic resources in Indigenous studies available through the Camosun College Library and open access web sites.

About this guide

The forced removal of Indigenous children from their families through Canada's Indian Residential School System, the Sixties Scoop, the Millennium Scoop, and Canada's child welfare system, has been – and continues to be – an integral aspect of colonialism in Canada. In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada published volume 5 of the final report, Canada's Residential School's: The Legacy.

Canadians have an obligation to listen, learn, and take action. This research guide is but one starting point. If you have suggestions for resources to add to the Camosun collection, please contact us with your ideas.

Caution: Many of the resources in this guide contain discussions or scenes of violence or representations of trauma which may be painful for readers/viewers – please exercise care.

If you need help: The KUU-US Crisis Line Society provides 24-hour phone support for Indigenous people in BC. The KUU-US Crisis Line can be reached toll-free at 1-800-588-8717. Individuals can also call the Youth Line at 250-723-2040 or the Adult Line at 250-723-4050.

The Indian Residential School Crisis Line 1-866-925-4419 is available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of their or a loved one's residential school experience.

Camosun students can access help from the Counselling Centre. For resources related to emergency and after hours support, on-campus support, and other information, visit the Counselling Centre Resources webpage.

Background information


Ohpikiihaakan-Ohpihmeh = Raised Somewhere else: A 60s Scoop Adoptee's Story of Coming Home

Colleen Cardinal, foreword by Raven Sinclair
Call Number: HV 874.82 C37 A3 2018

The Red Files

Lisa Bird-Wilson , 2016

Bearskin Diary: A Novel

Carol Daniels, 2015
Call number: PS 8607 A5567 B43 2015

Sixties Scoop

Millennium Scoop (Birth Alerts) & Forced Sterilization

Beyond Canada's Indian Residential School System and the Sixties Scoop, the forced removal of Indigenous children from their families and the forced sterilization of Indigenous women continues in Canada to this day.