Welcome to Indigenous Foundations
Welcome to Indigenous Foundations, an information resource on key topics relating to the histories, politics, and cultures of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada.
This website was developed to support students in their studies, and to provide instructors, researchers and the broader public with a place to begin exploring topics that relate to Aboriginal peoples, cultures, and histories. Indigenous Foundations was developed by the First Nations Studies Program at the University of British Columbia, located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.
Looking for a specific topic?
Type a term into our search bar, above. Or visit the list of Topics A-Z to the left.
Not sure where to begin?
Select a broader theme in the navigation bar, to the left, and explore from there.
About the project
To learn about the Indigenous Foundations project, including our banner and navigation system, click here.
Featured Page: On November 1, 2011 the UBC First Nations House of Learning, in collaboration with the Indian Residential School Survivors Society, hosted a day-long event addressing the history and legacy of the Indian Residential Schools. For a description of this event and view a 30 min. video exploring some of its aspects, see UBC Dialogue: Nov 1, 2011. For a full and easily navigated video recordof the event see UBC Dialogue: Full Video Record. For an introduction to the topic of the Indian Residential Schools, see Government Policy: The Residential School System.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, established to gather and preserve testimony and records on the schools, will hold the last of its National Events to be on the west coast in Vancouver in September. UBC is suspending classes on September 18th so that UBC faculty, students, and staff may attend. To learn more about what UBC is doing in support of this event, see the IRSI website.