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Indigenous History

Indigenous History

Use this guide to find resources on Indigenous history, research strategies, educational resources for Indigenous pedagogy, Indigenous research methodologies and much more.  The types of resources include streaming video content, electronic and print books, journal articles and government reports and papers.


The traditional welcoming pole in the Aboriginal Gathering Place (New Westminster campus) faces the Fraser River and was created by Musqueam artist Susan Point

Welcoming Pole by Musqueam artist Susan Point

Photograph by Jennifer Kirkey.  Used with permission. 

Territorial acknowledgement

At Douglas College we are grateful to be able to live, learn, work and play on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples including the territories of the of the q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and qiqéyt (Qayqayt) First Nations. 



The Coquitlam Campus welcome sculpture titled “Salmon Woman Welcomes Salmon Home" was designed and carved by Coast Salish carver Gerry Sheena 

Gerry carved it on-site at Coquitlam campus and it stands by the Sol Garden by the campus main entrance at the corner of Pinetree Way and Town Centre Blvd.  The Coast Salish peoples use poles carved with a welcoming figure – often making a gesturing motion – as markers to greet guests arriving in their territories. 

“The woman symbolizes the education needed for one’s journey. She also symbolizes the Welcoming, of the students and the Salmon. She nurtures the young and prepares them for their long journey. As does the College. She is a symbol of strength and of hope for all living things.” – Gerry Sheena (Artist).