The first phase of Resources for Aboriginal Studies project began in June 1995. During this phase the University Libraries and the University Archives began indexing and digitizing archival and published materials relating to aboriginal and metis studies. The project team created four databases with 2900 records, digitized more than 300 photographs, 60 documents and 60 law cases. Since 1995, work has continued. There are 647 photographs entries, 363 archival materials, and 527 law cases.Canadian Native Law Cases nine volume set have been digitized.
In the future, we are considering putting up cases published in the The Canadian Native Law Reporter, 1979 to the present.
University of Saskatchewan Libraries and University of Saskatchewan Archives are planning to enhance the site by adding other databases and providing a "broadcast search" across all of the databases of aboriginal resources. We are also considering developing a full text subject directory to scholarly materials.
We are interested in working with other partners to collect more documents and images from current and retrospective sources.
University of Saskatchewan Libraries and University of Saskatchewan Archives began this project because we experienced an enormous increase in demand for First Nations materials, from the University, First Nations communities and the general public. Providing electronic access to materials by, for and about Saskatchewan First Nations peoples through indexes and full text documentation to these materials would be a cost-effective means of increasing their availability.
The University of Saskatchewan Libraries and University of Saskatchewan Archives would like to recognize that the success of this project was due to the participation by many agencies:
A project of this scope and size required the help of many individuals.
For more information about the project, contact University Archives, University of Saskatchewan Libraries.