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FNS 393: First Nations and Education Policy

JP Leary

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This guide will help you find resources and information for your assignments in FNS 393. On each page you will find useful resources that will help you meet the requirements of your assignments.

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A Word about Keywords in FNS research

Keyword searching is the most common search strategy when doing research; when doing research about First Nations Peoples, it's important to recognize the many ways -- past and present -- writers describe topics, issues, and groups of people. A simple keyword search for 'Indian' may pull up some older records referring to American Indians, but most of the results would probably be related to peoples from India. Keep in mind the following variety of terms:

  • American Indian
  • Native American
  • First Nations
  • Indigenous

This gets even more granular when we're looking at a particular group of people such as a tribe or clan. For example, Ojibwa has different spelling variations depending on location and linguistic dialect. You also have to consider that indexes may use the anglicized version of a tribe versus the preferred name of a people or tribe; for instance, Chippewa is the anglacized name for the Anishinaabe people.

  • Chippewa, Chippeway -- the approximate French pronunciation of "Ojibwa" and still commonly used
  • Ojibwa, Ojibway, and Ojibwe -- various spellings for "Ojibwa"
  • Anishinaabe -- preferred name of the tribe meaning "the people" or "the original people"

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