Indigenous heritage

Helping to preserve Indigenous cultures and languages

Learn more about the Indigenous documentary heritage initiatives to increase access to First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation-related content in LAC's holdings and support Indigenous communities to digitize and preserve culture and language recordings.

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) acquires, preserves, and provides access to published and archival heritage material that represents First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation experiences and contributions to Canada. This includes text, photographs, maps, and audio-visual material. Explore the collection through our online databases, digitized documents and thematic guides.

LAC's offices across the territories and lands

LAC's facilities are located across the country, on the ancestral lands of the original peoples. LAC's main office is located in Gatineau, with an office in Ottawa to service the public. Both offices are located on the unceded and traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg (Algonquin).

The Vancouver office is located on the unceded and traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.

The Winnipeg office is located within Treaty No. 1 Territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dene, Dakota, and is the birthplace of the Métis Nation and the heart of the Métis Nation homeland.

The Halifax office is located in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq People.


General tools and resources

Genealogy and family history

Indian 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 page Residential School Records Resources.

Federal Indian Day Schools

If you are looking for documentation regarding your attendance at an Indian Day School as part of the Indian Day School Class Action Settlement, visit Frequently Asked Questions.


Digitized material

Archival collection

School Files Series - 1879-1953 (RG10)

Library collection

We Are Here: Sharing Stories documents

Reference table of digitized material

Reference websites

Research guides and finding aids

Virtual exhibitions

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