The Vancouver Maritime Museum is located on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh  (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The legacy of colonial oppression continues to impact Indigenous communities, and as a museum we have a responsibility to present history that includes Indigenous perspectives. This resource guide features ways we all can educate ourselves about Indigenous culture and heritage and support First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities.


Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

First Peoples Map of BC

Project Heart – Learn about the hidden history of BC residential schools

And They Called it Vancouver 

Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc (includes updates about findings at Kamloops Indian Residential School)

Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre 

7 Ways to Incorporate Reconciliation Into Your Business

Metro Vancouver’s Indigenous peoples find their voice … and their leaders

Tsleil-Waututh (Səlilwətaɬ)

Support TWN

About Tsleil-Waututh Nation

Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm)

Musqueam’s Story

Musqueam remembers 215 children found at Kamloops residential school

Squamish Nation (Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw)

Our History

Read and Watch


Fatty Legs* by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes

When I was Eight* by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak Fenton, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

Stolen Words by Melanie Florence, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

Cloudwalker by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd

Elisapee and Her Baby Seagull* by Nancy Mike, illustrated by Charlene Chua *

Website for Kids to Explore
Where Can I Learn About Indigenous People in Canada?

Young Adults

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline


Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga

Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by Jessica McDiarmid

Chapter 19 in North Star of Herschel Island: Canada’s Arctic Tall Ship* by Bruce MacDonald

National Film Board: Residential Schools

Recommended Reading Lists

Vancouver Public Library

Government of Canada Indigenous Reading List

*starred titles are available in the Museum Shop

Take Action

How to Support Tḱemlúps te Secwepemc

This document from the Tḱemlúps te Secwepemc Office of the Chief provides suggestions for respectful ways to show support for those impacted by findings regarding the unmarked grave site at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.


Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc

email or cheques addressed to Tḱemlúps te Secwepemc can be mailed to 200-330 Chief Alex Thomas Way, Kamloops, BC V2H 1H1

Native Women’s Association of Canada 

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Indian Residential Schools Survivor SocietyBC-based organization providing essential services for residential school survivors and their families.

Other Support

Support Indigenous Businesses

Shop First Nations

Daily Hive list of First Nations Businesses in Vancouver

Visit Indigenous Galleries

Hill’s Native Art

Bill Reid Gallery

Indigenous Tourism BC List of Indigenous Galleries throughout B.C. 

Do you know of a resource that should be listed here?  Email

Changing Perspectives

The Changing Perspectives exhibit revisits the histories of European colonization of Indigenous territories in what is now the Pacific Northwest. It is produced by the Vancouver Maritime Museum which is fortunate to be hosted on the traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in Vancouver British Columbia, Canada.