NBE 3U: Indigenous Issues Inquiry

Develop a Central Research Question

Indigenous Issues Research: Special Consideration

Like any issue that involves groups with competing perspectives, discussions about Indigenous history and rights in Canada can become very heated with emotion. Since the topics you are researching are controversial, you must be very thoughtful about the sources you choose to use. Searching on the internet will produce many bigoted, inaccurate, and hateful websites, blogs, and commentaries. Try to avoid personal webpages and blogs; prefer websites that are affiliated with educational groups or NGOs. Give more weight to authentic Indigenous voices.


The first stage of this project involves exploring the many resources to find an idea or issue or fact that fits with some concept that already intrigues you or sparks your curiosity.

Who (is involved, is affected, is concerned)?

What (is the process, is the standard, are the materials)?

When (in the day, in the year, in history, in what sequence?)

Where (geographic boundaries, landmarks, regions, buildings)

Why (reasons, circumstances, goals, objectives)?

Why does it matter? ( different stakeholders, for now and for the future)

Record your sources on the right purple sheet!

Developing a CRQ.pdf

The Canadian Encyclopedia – AMAZING source of information.


CBC News Indigenous Section

- this web page aggregates recent news stories relevant to indigenous people and issues.

  • multiple topics here, including Sixties Scoop, Land Claims, Treaties, UN Declaration
  • use the left side navigation to browse the site
  • Many topics here, not just health. Social determinants of health include history, trauma, poverty, employment, etc.
  • Use site specific search:

"topic" site: https://www.ccnsa-nccah.ca

Canadian Points of View Reference Centre

  • database of articles from multiple sources\Canadian focus
  • specific Aboriginal issues section
  • need password if using outside of school network
  • get password here.


Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

  • many, many links to good source of information
  • use Control-F to find article about intergenerational effects

Projects to support First Nations children's living conditions, medical care, and education

Project to engage aboriginal youth through sports and recreation

Documentaries and News Reports

Special Indigenous Voices section

Go here for the password. You need to be signed in with your McCrae Google account.

Idle No More: Indigenous Movement to repair the Nation to Nation relationship and to protect the water and the land.

Intercontinental Cry Magazine

A "non-profit newsroom that produces public-interest journalism centered on Indigenous Peoples, climate change and international human rights. A project of the Center for World Indigenous Studies"

Press Progress Website: link to an article, "Aboriginal women ask Stephen Harper: Am I next?"

A scholarly study entitled "Sense of Belonging in the Urban School Environments of Aboriginal Youth "

A Tribe Called Red

2018 Juno Awards

Group of the Year

Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study