Indigenous heritage

New Indigenous Documentary Heritage Initiatives

Learn more about the initiatives to support the digitization of Indigenous-related documentary heritage and to provide support to Indigenous communities for the digitization of Indigenous language recordings. This project includes reviewing and updating content on our web pages. If you have any ideas to help us improve this content, please give us your feedback.

Indigenous documentary heritage found in the holdings of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) reflects the exemplary contributions of Indigenous peoples to this country's political, social, economic and cultural development. First Nations, Métis Nation citizens and Inuit continue to participate in defining Canada. 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.

This material is available in all types of media and can be accessed on site or through online databases, virtual exhibitions and digitized documents. Researchers with experience using LAC resources and researching Indigenous subject matters may wish to go directly to our Resources for Researchers page.



General tools and resources

Genealogy and family history

Residential schools

Library and Archives Canada holds many documents of interest to researchers regarding the residential and other schools. Since those records are complex, we suggest that you start your research by reading the Residential School Records Resources info-pages.

Photographic collections


Digitized microforms

Electronic collection

Reference websites

Research guides and finding aids

Virtual exhibitions

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