Indigenous Studies Portal

The Indigenous Studies Portal (iPortal) connects faculty, students, researchers and members of the community with electronic resources: books, articles, theses, documents, photographs, archival resources, maps, etc.

The vision of the Indigenous Studies Portal is to provide one place to look to find resources for Indigenous studies. This is a major undertaking and we have only just begun.

The Indigenous Studies Portal is an initiative of the University of Saskatchewan Library. As of January, 2011, the iPortal has more than 25,000 records, including the Our Legacy archival records recently harvested. This includes photos, anthropological field notes, diaries, correspondence and other textual documents.

The iPortal also links to Indigenous programs and events at the University of Saskatchewan. In addition, it offers specialized tools for teaching and scholarship.

How Can You Participate 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. For instance, our recent digitization projects collaborated with:

1. Archival organizations in Saskatoon and in Northern Saskatchewan which resulted in the "Our Legacy" website, with records harvested to 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 other libraries and their users in mind. Our intent is to expand access to digital Indigenous studies materials to as many people 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 up. About a dozen educational and research institutions have already done so.

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: iportal@library.usask.ca.