This is a brief selection of background information for non-Indigenous and Indigenous reporters (borrowed from another useful resource: – the Dibaajimo Indigenous reporters portal).

HISTORICAL OVERVIEW–heritage/metis-timeline

Metis Historic Timeline documenting significant dates in the development of the Metis nation.

Official website of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). Presents a cultural overview, spanning historical treaties to present day rights.

Divided into sections: “About AANDC”, “Aboriginal Peoples and Communities”, “Acts, Agreements and Land Claims”, “Arts, Culture and Heritage”, “Benefits and RIghts”, “Economic Development”, “Education”, “Emergency Management”, “Employment”, “Environment and Natural Resources”, “Funding, Financial Information and Reporting”, “Health and Well Being”, “Infrastructure and Housing”, “Social Programs”, “The North”.

This report on the ‘Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples’ was completed in 1996. It is an investigation into the living condition of Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and included 444 recommendations for the future.


Provides a comprehensive glossary of terminology and definitions, indicating the appropriate contexts to use each of them. Additionally lists high profile cases spanning the last 50 years affecting all Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and describes pertinent government legislature. Appendixes include links to national non-political and political organizations.

Categorized by theme: “Identity & Citizenship”, “Culture & Traditions”, “Governance”, “Rights, Policy & Politics”.

A quick overview of general definitions of terms relating to Aboriginal peoples in Canada.


Map locating all First Nation reserves in Ontario. Includes a list of all the communities, with links to their respective addresses and websites, providing information regarding the Chief in charge, the Treaty land its on, band number and Tribal council.

Profiles of the individual First Nation communities across Canada. Includes link to interactive maps of the communities, with census and community statistics.

Comprehensive thematic maps covering products on Aboriginal people, communities and initiatives undertaken by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC).

Themes: “Aboriginal Peoples”, “Economic Development”, “Education”, “Environment and Natural Resources”, “Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement”, “The North”, “Treaties, Claims and Agreements”

A comprehensive map of First Peoples’s languages in British Columbia.


Covers the different Acts, agreements and land claims that have transpired between the government and Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

Divided by topic: “Aboriginal Partnerships”, “Acts, Bills and Regulations”, “Historic Treaties, Land Claims”, “Publications”, “Success Stories”

Brief exploration of the history of land claims in Canada, with progress of claims divided by region.

List and general overview of current land claims in Ontario. Includes link to information on the land claim negotiation process.


A look at the basics of reporting in Indigenous communities. Includes a “Reporter’s Checklist” and a guide leading through the reporting process at the desk, in the field and with the final product.–FINAL.pdf

A general overview of protocols to be observed when dealing with or interviewing Elders in a community.


Brief overview of the history of residential schools and subsequent compensation in Canada.

Official court website for the Indian Residential Schools Settlement. Includes the Settlement Agreement itself as well as a list of recognized residential schools by province.

Official statistics from the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat  and Independent Assessment Process (IAP) on resolved and continuing claims of sexual or serious physical abuse suffered by residential school survivors.


An interactive virtual version of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Also available in Central Cree and Oji-Cree.

Covers the benefits and rights accorded to Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

Divided by topic: “Band Moneys”, “Estates”, “Human Rights”, “Indian Status”, “Matrimonial Real Property on Reserves”, “Forms”, “Publications”

A concise and accessible version of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, for use with Indigenous adolescents.

Full version of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


CBC Aboriginal

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) National News


Indian Country Today

Native Appropriations is a blog discussing how Native peoples are represented. Topics include stereotypes, media representations, activism, news and cultural appropriation. A thought-provoking forum.

A blog written by a Métis woman from the Plains Cree speaking area of Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta. Indigenous stereotypes, contentious issues, and representation in the media are discussed.

Media Indigena is an interactive magazine dedicated to indigenous views, news, and creative expression.

Urban Native Magazine is a Native lifestyle magazine, providing content from across Turtle Island and North America.

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples leading the way in radio, video, film and new media.


Idle No More

Assembly of First Nations

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

Metis National Council

Chiefs of Ontario

Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs

Anishinabek Nation

Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians

Nishnawbe Aski Nation

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)

Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC)

Aboriginal Healing Foundation

Pauktuutit – Inuit Women of Canada

Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.