National Indigenous History Month – Video Resources

June is National Indigenous History Month. For settlers, this is a time to actively engage in learning about the vast and unique histories of the many Indigenous communities and the relationship of Indigenous people with early settlers, the British Crown, and now Canada. On the national website, there are tons of opportunities to explore key figures and moments in history. We also encourage people to take the time to check out native-land.ca, an interactive map and education website, to begin to understand the ways in which colonialism and treaties currently impact Indigenous peoples. We hope that people will use this time to support and seek out Indigenous voices online, learn from individuals current personal stories, and engage in the history and future of Turtle Island. June is also a time for Indigenous Peoples to celebrate their Indigeneity. 

Wisdom of the Universe by Christi Belcourt, 2014. Photo: Craig Boyko. Found on: https://canadianart.ca/features/walking-softly-with-christi-belcourt/

CANCORE, a streaming service which features Canadian produced content, provides specific filters so you can find Indigenous only content. This is a great way to support Indigenous filmmakers and artists! We highly recommend the Amplify series, which APTNTV describes as a “musical performance art documentary series that amplifies the connection Indigenous song-writers have to the stories, culture, community, and the challenges and justice they stand up for.” Just click the “Indigenous Only Content” button in the top right corner and then find a subject you are interested in. 

If you are looking for something more specific you can use the Keyword Search mode. For example if you’d like to learn more about treaties through video there are tons of options available for you. Simply use  the keyword search bar, and make sure the Indigenous content only button is clicked. 

There are other video resources available for you. For example, this link takes you the advanced search of “Indigenous” and “Canada” and DVD format. There you can browse through 38 DVD’s on a variety of topics. If you are more into digitally accessible videos, there are tons of e-videos about Indigenous communities in Canada.

There are so many ways to continue learning about Indigenous history in Canada. McGill’s subscription to CANCORE is just one way to increase the accessibility of Indigenous content for students and staff. We encourage you explore the platform –and more– and to carry what you learn beyond June. We will be posting more throughout June on other ways you can use the Library catalogue to find more Indigenous content!

If you have any questions email hssl.library@mcgill.ca.

Accessing The Economist Online

On average, a digital newspaper subscription can cost you around $1.99 CAD a week, which is about $8 CAD a month (or as high as $14 CAD in some cases), while a print newspaper subscription can cost even more. (https://moneygenius.ca/software-services/media-subscriptions).

To some, this may seem like a negligible amount, but over the time period of a year and with the automatic billing you have probably enabled on your bank account, the money drain is not so negligible. Especially if you are a broke student just looking for an extra cup of Tims or Starbucks.

But fear not, we are here to help you out! As a McGill student, you have unlimited access to various eNewspapers, eMagazines and eJournals through our library databases. One such newspaper is The Economist. McGill now gives you access to the latest publications by The Economist through a varied list of sources. 

All you need to do is log in to your library account and search ‘The Economist’ and select the online option for ‘Economist via Economist Newspaper Ltd Provider’. This link will give you access to the Economist website both on and off-campus (don’t forget to the use the VPN for easy off-campus reading).

Personal newspaper subscriptions are overrated, as a McGill student you don’t need to pay a single penny to gain access to a range of world-renowned eNewspapers, eMagazines and eJournals. That should be reason enough to step up your news game.

For more information or related queries email us at hssl.library@mcgill.ca.


Asian Heritage Month – A Redpath Exhibition

The Humanities and Social Studies Library invites you to celebrate #AsianHeritageMonth2022 this May!

Graphic from the Government of Canada’s official Asian Heritage Month digital toolkit

Celebrated since the 1990s, Asian Heritage Month is a time to honour the achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian descent who have brought to the nation a rich cultural heritage representing many languages, ethnicities, and religious traditions.

The Government of Canada has announced the theme for this year as “Continuing a legacy of greatness” and we have taken this opportunity to highlight the books and films of Canadians of Asian descent from our library collections through the curation of a Redpath Exhibition for the month.

To get a brief view of the fantastic writers, artists, and filmmakers featured in the exhibit, check out the SWAY below:

We request that you battle the winds, the rain or the Sun (whatever the MTL weather brings) and come to campus for a view of this special collection!


We would also like to take this opportunity to emphasise that we value any and all feedback that comes our way and are more than happy to consider your comments, given that a primary motive of the Redpath Exhibits and Book Displays is to encourage communal engagement.

For more information or related queries email us at hssl.library@mcgill.ca.