Indigenous Resources

As you may be aware, the government recently passed legislation to make September 30th a federal statutory holiday called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day provides an opportunity for each member of the public to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools. The library offers many physical and digital materials about residential schools as well as support materials that are free to borrow with your library card.

Visit the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation HERE to learn and participate in dialogue where the truths of residential school experience are honoured and kept safe for future generations. If you would like to read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action you can do so HERE.

The Wetaskiwin Public Library has gathered a variety of Indigenous links for our community to browse. They include local, provincial, federal, and educational resources, as well as fun links for children.

Local Resources

Montana First Nation #139

The Montana First Nation is one of the Four Nations of Maskwacis Alberta. They are located approximately 90 km south of Edmonton and 3 km east of Highway 2A.

Louis Bull Tribe #439

The Louis Bull Tribe is one of the Four Nations of Maskwacis Alberta. They are located approximately 90 km south of Edmonton and 2 km east of Highway 2, located 10 kms southwest of Wetaskiwin and 25 kms northwest of Ponoka. 

Samson Cree Nation #137

The Samson Cree Nation is one of the Four Nations of Maskwacis Alberta. Samson Cree Nation is dedicated to our language and culture by maximizing human and natural resources, ensuring the continued survival of our people.

Saddle Lake First Nation #125

Saddle Lake Chief & Council base their Nationhood through Treaties established by our forefathers including the retention of lands, culture, and language as the foundation of the Cree Nation. 

Ermineskin Cree Nation #138

The Ermineskin Reserve was established in 1885. The Ermineskin Cree Nation is one of the Four Nations of Maskwacis Alberta. This area is traditionally known as the Bear Hills or Maskwacheesihk. 

Paul First Nation #144

Paul First Nation, based in Wabamun, Alberta is of mixed Cree and Nakoda origin. Paul First Nation is located approximately 65 kms west of Edmonton, AB on Highway 16.

Maskwacis Mental Health

Providing Mobile Mental Health support to the people of Maskwacis, Alberta.
Contact: 780-362-2150

Provincial Resources

Indigenous organizations and service directory:

This comprehensive directory provides contact information for:

  • Provincial, federal, and local government services and related agencies serving Indigenous Peoples.
  • First Nations and Métis communities and representative groups.
  • Not-for-profit organizations and services for Indigenous peoples.
  • National and umbrella organizations with offices located outside Alberta.

Walking Together: First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Perspectives in Curriculum

This resource was designed to:

  • Show the holistic nature of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit ways of knowing.
  • Provide an opportunity to share perspectives on topics raised in consultations with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities.
  • Demonstrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives in teaching and learning experiences

Federal Resources

Indigenous Services Canada

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) works collaboratively with partners to improve access to high quality services for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. Our vision is to support and empower Indigenous peoples to independently deliver services and address the socio-economic conditions in their communities.

Visit this link to find out about:

  • Indian status and status cards
  • Indigenous health
  • Jordan's Principle
  • Education
  • Water in First Nations communities
  • First Nations housing
  • First Nations community infrastructure
  • Social programs
  • Establishing a new fiscal relationship
  • Emergency management

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) continues to renew the nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, government-to-government relationship between Canada and First Nations, Inuit, and Métis; modernize Government of Canada structures to enable Indigenous peoples to build capacity and support their vision of self-determination; and lead the Government of Canada's work in the North.

Visit this link to find out about:

  • Indigenous Peoples and Communities
  • Treaties and agreements
  • Northern affairs and new Arctic and Northern Policy Framework
  • Recognition of Indigenous rights and self-determination discussions
  • New permanent bilateral mechanisms
  • Delivering on Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action
  • Indian Residential Schools
  • Reconciliation
  • National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Educational Resources

Prairie Indigenous eBook Collection

Stories by Indigenous authors and writings about Indigenous culture from publishers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

U of A: Faculty of Natives Studies: Indigenous Canada Course

Indigenous Canada is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.

From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.

Indigenous Canada is for students from faculties outside the Faculty of Native Studies with an interest in acquiring a basic familiarity with Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships.

Stories from the Land: Indigenous Place Names in Canada

Geographical Names Board of Canada (GNBC) has developed an interactive map with Indigenous place names in Canada. The content of this map is a compilation of information obtained from many current and historical sources. The Geographical Names Board of Canada does not warrant or guarantee that the information is accurate, complete, or current at all times. For more information, to report data errors, or to suggest improvements to this application, please contact the Geographical Names Board of Canada Secretariat.

Cree Dictionaries

Fun for Children