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LAW Indigenous Peoples & the Law

This guide is intended to help researchers locate cases, legislation, commentary and databases on Indigenous Peoples and the Law.

Subject Heading Suggestions

As with any topic, there is a need to be mindful of terminology. Subject headings you may wish to search by subject in the library catalogue and databases include:

  • Aboriginal
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Native
  • Native Peoples
  • Indian
  • First Nations
  • Métis
  • Inuit
  • Innu
  • Indians of Central America
  • Indians of North America
  • Indians of South America
  • Amerindian
  • Eskimo
  • Tribal Peoples
  • names of individual nations or tribes
  • Other country-specific terms
    • Australia: Aborigine
    • United States: Eskimo

Most books on Indigenous Peoples and the Law, previously known as Aboriginal Law, will be located in the Bennett Jones Law Library but other books on issues related to Indigenous peoples can be found throughout Libraries and Cultural Resources at the University of Calgary.


Legal Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia provide a brief discussion of a wide range of legal topics, with many footnotes referencing cases and some statutes. There are two Canadian legal encyclopedias: the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest and Halsbury’s Laws of Canada.

Selected Titles in the Bennett Jones Law Library

Selected Electronic Books

Collections of Electronic Books and Policy Documents

Many Canadian e-books can be found related to Indigenous Peoples and the Law beyond the library search box. The Government of Canada has a growing database of archived publications, formerly from the federal government’s library depository program.


Journal articles provide in-depth information on narrow legal topics and, often, more current information than books provide. There are several ways of search for legal articles.  The library search box and Google Scholar can both be used to find some articles.  We subscribe to several databases that contain the full-text of law review articles from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and other countries

See our research guide for links to open access and database sources for legal articles. 

There are also general full text sources that may provide legal articles.

Some sources may be restricted to University of Calgary users or to Faculty of Law users.