First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers PDF file (5 MB)
Read about the rich culture, diverse history, and experiences of Indigenous people in Canada and in Vancouver. This guide is designed to build greater understanding between non-Indigenous and Indigenous communities.
For those who are looking to learn more about Indigenous peoples and cultures, there are countless resources online, a few of which are featured below. We encourage you to seek out information to support your own learning and contribute to your own personal Reconciliation journey.
Indigenous language, art, and culture
Untitled (Crosswalk), 2019, by Robyn Sparrow
First Peoples’ Map of BC External website, opens in new tab
Discover the wealth of distinct Indigenous languages, art, and cultural heritage in BC.
Indigenous Storyteller in Residence External website, opens in new tab
Follow Vancouver Public Library for events with the Indigenous Storyteller in Residence, Indigenous authors and poets.
Indigenous peoples in Canada External website, opens in new tab
Vancouver Public Library curated a guide to learn about Indigenous peoples in Canada including online resources and book and DVD recommendations.
Carnegie’s V6Activities YouTube channel External website, opens in new tab
Follow Carnegie’s V6Activities YouTube channel to learn Indigenous crafts and listen to stories from elders.
The Dialogues Project PDF file (4.5 MB)
The goal of the project was to build increased understanding and strengthened relations between Indigenous and immigrant/non-Indigenous communities.
Residential Schools and ongoing impacts
Public events calendars
Find events that the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, and Vancouver Public Library produce, sponsor and support with grants or contributions. These calendars are updated regularly.
City events calendar Vancouver Public Library events calendar External website, opens in new tab