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Indigenous Research Guide: About this guide

Welcome, Aanii, Boozhoo, Gdi-Mokaagoom, Kwey Kwey, Ninaskomitin, Shé:kon,Tungasugit, Tanshi, Tansi!

Guide description and goals

This guide is being developed jointly by Indigenous students from the Graduate Students Association, the Office of Research, and the Library. It is intended to help UWaterloo researchers identify Indigenous-related resources that have been marginalized, erased, and ignored because of dominant Western practices in education, scholarship, and library science.

Our goals in creating this guide are to advance decolonization efforts within the Library and highlight Indigenous research, voices, and ways of knowing by:

  • providing search advice and strategies to help researchers uncover resources
  • highlighting resources that focus mainly on First Nations, Inuit, and Métis of Turtle Island (North America)
  • identifying Indigenous research methodologies
  • welcoming feedback on how to improve this guide

This guide is a work in progress, a resource that will be shaped on an ongoing basis by the expectations, needs, and interests of people who use it. It will be formally reviewed annually.

Land acknowledgement

2 photographs of maps showing the land promised to the Six Nations: six miles on either side of the Grand River
Ken Whytock: "A pair of Haldimand Tract maps" CC license

The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.

We have benefited from several Indigenous studies guides and websites:

Anushik, Miigwech, Nia:wen, Naqumik, Thank you

Guide contributors

The first iteration of this guide (2021) was the result of collaboration among the following team:

  • Sara Anderson (she/her) comes from a mixed background of German Mennonite and Indigenous ancestry. She is the Manager, Research Program Development & Partnerships, Indigenous Initiatives in the Office of Research.
  • Jane Forgay (she/her) is a white settler Canadian. She is as a liaison librarian at the University of Waterloo.
  • Jaydum Hunt (she/her) comes from a mixed background of Mohawk Bay of Quinte in Six Nations and European ancestry. She is the Interim Director of Shatitsirótha (The Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre (WISC)) and is currently finishing her masters in IO Psychology at UW.
  • Kathy MacDonald (she/her) is a white settler Canadian. She is the Head, Information Services and Resources, Dana Porter Library.
  • Brie McConnell (she/her) is a third generation Canadian of Irish ancestry. She is a STEM liaison librarian for the University of Waterloo. 
  • Antonio Muñoz Gómez (he/him) is an immigrant-settler from Mexico. He is a cataloguing and metadata librarian at the University of Waterloo.

You tell us

We welcome all feedback related to the Indigenous research guide at: