Indigenous Studies Portal

The Indigenous Studies Portal (iPortal) is a database of full-text electronic resources such as books, articles, theses and documents as well as digitized materials such as photographs, archival resources, maps, etc. focusing primarily on First Nations and Aboriginals of Canada with a secondary focus on North American materials and beyond.

This initiative began in 2005 at the University of Saskatchewan as a resource for faculty, students, researchers, and members of the community and currently links to nearly 50,000 items. Anyone can use the freely available materials in the iPortal but some resources are licensed and may only be available from your own library.

Participating in the Development of the iPortal

We are very interested in collaborating and/or partnering with academic and community based organizations and agencies across Canada. Some past collaborations include:

1. Archival organizations in Saskatoon and in Northern Saskatchewan which resulted in the "Our Legacy" website of photos, anthropological field notes, diaries, correspondence and other textual documents being harvested into the iPortal,

2. Brandon University and the digitization of nine volumes (from 1997-2005) of the Canadian Journal of Native Studies,

3. Purich Publishing in Saskatoon for digitizing an out-of-print book, "Continuing Poundmaker and Riel's Quest",

4. Canadian Plains Research Centre to digitize Aboriginal content in "Prairie Forum" journal, 1976 - 2009,

5. Captus Press and the Canadian Association of Native Development Officers for digitizing the first four volumes of the Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development, and

6. An Aboriginal author to digitize another out-of-print book, "Geniesh: An Indian Girlhood".

Please get in touch with us to talk about ways we might work together.

Especially for Libraries

We've designed the iPortal with the intent of expanding access to digital Indigenous studies materials to as many people and other library users as possible. The iPortal has many Open URL encoded links to licensed full text articles and other resources. If your library has access to licensed articles and has link resolver software, we can easily set you up.

iPortal News Blog

The iPortal team posts information about news and events and new scholarly resources. The headlines from the blog are shown on the iPortal home page and the blog archives are available at: iPortal News.

How to Find Out More

To find out more about this initiative, contact the iPortal at: