Digital Initiatives

The University of Saskatchewan Archives and University Library have participated in or created various resources for Native / Indigenous Studies research. These include:

Indigenous Studies Portal (iPortal)


An initiative of the University Library, the iPortal links to more than 29,000 full-text online resources, connecting researchers to a variety of research materials, including articles, e-books, theses, book reviews, websites, film recordings, government reports and archival documents (such as photographs, correspondence, and other unpublished resources). Additional content in the iPortal is accumulating as a result of digitization projects that involved print journal content, out-of-print books, and government records.

The Northern Research Portal

Northern Research Portal

This site provides access to published resources, archival resources, and online resources relating to the Canadian North and other circumpolar nations. The site contains 4,293 descriptive records and 14,145 digital items from the University Archives, the Diefenbaker Archival Collections, the Library’s Special Collections Department, and the Northern Saskatchewan Archives. The site includes 10 interpretive essays utilizing materials on the site; and sections for K-5 students, general and advanced researchers, and resources for K-12 teachers.

The Northwest Resistance

Northwest Resistance

The purpose of this site is to improve access to materials relating to the Northwest Resistance of 1885 held by the Library’s Special Collections Department and the University of Saskatchewan Archives. It contains a searchable database of bibliographic records, some digitized items, and transcriptions of some documents. The majority of records within this site are from the Adam Shortt Library of Canadiana; the Canadiana Pamphlet Collection; the Morton Manuscript Collection; and the Jean Murray fonds.

Our Legacy (kā-kī-pē-isi-nakatamākawiyahk)

Our Legacy

This site contains material relating to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples, found in Saskatchewan cultural and heritage collections. Nine Saskatchewan-based institutions are represented on the site, with 7, 157 descriptive records and 137,473 digitized items from over 155 different collections. Materials may be accessed by treaty boundary and cultural region; the site includes an essay by Dr. J.R. Miller, two introductory essays from U of S Library and University Archives faculty, and interpretive essays utilizing the site resources from 11 U of S graduate students.

RG 10 Letterbooks

This site is in progress. A joint project between the University of Saskatchewan Library, the University of British Columbia Library, and Library and Archives Canada, when completed it will provide item-level access to a portion of Letterbooks from the Department of Indian Affairs fonds (RG 10).