Aboriginal Collection

The Aboriginal Collection at EPL focuses on materials written, performed and/or produced by Aboriginal people. And it's not just about books either...the Collection includes Aboriginal music, films, magazines, Aboriginal news sources and Aboriginal language materials.

The following are some of the popular topics in the Aboriginal Collection. These topics include materials available in the Collection as well as some helpful links to other related information.

To see all lists prepared by Aboriginal Services at EPL, click here.



Aboriginal Art and Artists
Our Aboriginal Art and Artists collection contains materials by artists who use traditional Aboriginal methods and styles. We also have books that showcase contemporary styles. You can browse through all Aboriginal Art and Artists at EPL, or by First Nations or Inuit Art and Artists. 

Language Resources
EPL collects resources to aid in the preservation of Aboriginal languages. We have a variety of materials for children and adults in several languages. Visit the links below for EPL resources, as well as selected online resources.

Religion and Spirituality
Sacred traditions of Aboriginal Peoples are respected and honored at the Edmonton Public Library. These resources provide information about ceremonies, traditions and medicines representing a number of Aboriginal Nations and Tribes. Contemporary Aboriginal perspectives on religion are also represented in this collection.

Traditional Tales
These materials consist of stories that have been passed down through the oral tradition for generations. They have been written down for future generations to learn from. Topics include Creation, weather, the Four Directions and animals.

Aboriginal Organizations in Edmonton
Looking for Aboriginal service providers in Edmonton? This resource list contains books at EPL about services, as well as links to online resources. “A Guide to Aboriginal Edmonton,” a comprehensive publication by the City of Edmonton’s Aboriginal Relations Office, can also be found here.

Our collection has health resources available to Aboriginal Peoples that provide traditional or contemporary perspectives and practices. This section provides information on book resources, database reference materials and links to other resources regarding health benefits for Aboriginal Peoples.

Jobs and Education
The educational and vocational goals of Aboriginal people are important to support. The Aboriginal Education list provides information on Aboriginal Education in Canada, scholarship and bursary resources, and program options. For websites from education institutions across Alberta, click on the Educational Institutions in Alberta link. The Jobs link provides a list of Aboriginal employment resources and websites.

Thinking of starting a business? The library has several resources for Aboriginal entrepreneurs. You will find information about government grants, Aboriginal business services, and websites for organizations that can help. Also, if you are looking for an Aboriginal business, you will find a directory in our catalog.

Government and Law
Wondering about Indian Status? Land claims? Click here to find a list of resources about Treaties, the Indian Act, and statistical information about Aboriginal peoples. We also have links to organizations that provide legal advice and services to Aboriginal clients.

Newspapers and Magazines
Keep up to date with the happenings in the Aboriginal communities around Alberta and throughout Canada with our newspapers and magazines. There are both actively published and archived titles in the collection. Don't see your favourite Aboriginal newspaper or magazine in our collection? Suggest we buy it.

Books and Other Materials for Children
The Aboriginal Collection contains books, movies, and music for children. Not sure where to start? Click on the links below to see what we have. Some items have summaries of the story; click the Summaries tab near the bottom of an item’s page to read more!

Books for Teens and Adults
Looking for stories written by Aboriginal authors? Our collections include the works of Thomas King, Thompson Highway, Eden Robinson, Drew Hayden Taylor, and many more. Remember to check back for new arrivals!

Elders and Older Adults
The Aboriginal Collection has resources about Traditional Knowledge and the wisdom of Elders who teach us. Can’t find what you are looking for, or have more specific questions that you want answered? Try contacting your local Native Friendship Center to help you find an Elder and teach you how to ask them.

Two-Spirited Peoples
These resources are intended to educate about the gender identity and spirituality of Two-Spirited Peoples. You’ll find books in the Aboriginal Collection, as well as some links to organizations for Two-Spirits, through this link.

Women's Resources
These resources are about celebrating the gifts, talents, and abilities of Aboriginal women. They include works that celebrate the accomplishments of Aboriginal women, tell their stories of struggles and successes, and honour the great Aboriginal women throughout history.

Music and Musicians
Check back often for new additions to our growing Aboriginal music collection! We have everything from Powwow and Métis fiddle music to hip hop, country, and rock. Don't see your favorite artist in our collection? Suggest we buy their CD and tell us where to get it.

Video Materials (DVDs)
The Aboriginal video collection contains DVD’s with Aboriginal actors, producers and directors. We have promotional videos from Edmonton Aboriginal organizations and on topics of interest to Aboriginal Peoples. We also carry feature films and documentaries.