We are delighted to bring together a variety of resources for Indigenous peoples and their allies in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Here you can find links to Indigenous governing bodies and organizations, learning resources, available support groups related to women, youth, 2SLGBTQIA+ people, and health. There is information on the variety of titles available in our library's growing Indigenous Collection.
Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries respectfully acknowledge the province of Newfoundland and Labrador as the ancestral homelands of many diverse populations of Indigenous people who have contributed to 9,000 years of history including the Beothuk on the Island of Newfoundland. Today, this province is home to diverse populations of Indigenous people. We also acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of the Mi’kmaq, Innu, and Inuit.
We provide free access to books and other materials about the natural world, environmental protection, and building personal, spiritual connections with nature. Our Genealogy Collection helps the people of Newfoundland and Labrador learn more about their Indigenous and/or settler ancestry, and can encourage thinking about your ancestors' relationship to the land and sea.
No matter where you are right now, we encourage you to learn more about the land from which you are using this guide. The Native Land digital map (link below) can help.
First Light's Land Acknowledgement
"We respectfully acknowledge the land on which we work as the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk, whose culture has been lost forever and can never be recovered. We also acknowledge the island of Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland) as the unceded, traditional territory of the Beothuk and the Mi'kmaq. And we acknowledge Labrador as the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Innu of Nitassinan, the Inuit of Nunatsiavut, and the Inuit of NunatuKavut. We recognize all First Peoples who were here before us, those who live with us now, and the seven generations to come. As First Peoples have done since time immemorial, we strive to be responsible stewards of the land and to respect the cultures, ceremonies, and traditions of all who call it home. As we open our hearts and minds to the past, we commit ourselves to working in a spirit of truth and reconciliation to make a better future for all."
MUN's Land Acknowledgements
St. John’s Campus:
"We acknowledge that the lands on which Memorial University’s campuses are situated are in the traditional territories of diverse Indigenous groups, and we acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu, and Inuit of this province."
"We acknowledge that the land on which we gather is in traditional Mi’kmaw territory, and we acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu, and Inuit of this province."
"We acknowledge that the lands and waters on which we gather are the homelands of the Innu and Inuit of Labrador, and recognize their ancestral and continued ties to these lands and waters."