Aboriginal documentary heritage found in the holdings of Library and Archives Canada reflects the exemplary contributions of Aboriginal peoples to this country’s political, social, economic and cultural development.
This material is available in all types of media and can be accessed on site or through online databases, virtual exhibitions and digitized documents.
First Nations, Métis and Inuit continue to participate in defining Canada as a nation. Their contributions can be traced over time—from the documentation of early Indigenous mythologies, archaeological finds of bone scrapers in the Yukon, and evidence of bison drives and jumps in Alberta, to today’s award-winning literature and films.
These imprints serve to record and illustrate the significant lives and stories of many Aboriginal individuals and communities across Canada.
Explore Wahkotowin—Aboriginal Imprints in Canadian Heritage
Use the tools and guides provided to assist and empower you in your research. Follow the lives of Aboriginal peoples and learn about the significant places and events using the “Wahkotowin—Aboriginal Imprints” model to locate information that will connect you to your own history, culture, heritage and identity.
Terminology Guide (PDF -- 290 KB)
Assessing and Validating Sources (PDF -- 147 KB)
Online Resources for Aboriginal Heritage