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Indigenous Studies

Resources on Indigenous art, history, and contemporary movements


Welcome to the Indigenous Resources Research Guide. This guide will help you navigate through the library's resources and other suggested resources by First nations, Inuit and Métis people in BC and Canada, and other resources about Indigenous art & literature. This guide is a work in progress. If you have any suggestions, please contact Ana Diab at

Territorial Acknowledgements

In 2016, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) released a Territorial Acknowledgement Guide. The guide provides recommended acknowledgements for colleges and universities in Canada, including ECUAD:

We [I] would like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

apihtawikosisan provides a response to the CAUT Guide and greater detail on using territorial acknowledgments in the essay, Beyond territorial acknowledgments. suggests that a territorial acknowledgement responds to these questions:

  • Why is this acknowledgement happening?
  • How does this acknowledgement relate to the event or work you are doing?
  • What is the history of this territory? What are the impacts of colonialism here?
  • What is your relationship to this territory? How did you come to be here?
  • What intentions do you have to disrupt and dismantle colonialism beyond this territory acknowledgement?

Cultural Appropriation

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