Internet resources

There's a lot of information on the Internet about place names and related subjects that you can find through Google or some other search engine. Here's several links of interest.

Aboriginal Geographical Names of Canada: An Annotated Bibliography Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names. 1997. (PDF)

Commission de toponymie du Québec

Cree Cultural Institute

Geographical Names Board of Newfoundland and Labrador

Geographical Names of Canada. Toponymie du Canada

Guide to the Field Collection of Native Geographical Names (provisional edition). 1992. Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names (PDF)

Gwich'in Place Names

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (a brief overview of Aboriginal place names in Canada)

Innu language resources

Innu material culture

Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre Place Names Database Dogrib history and culture, including place names

The Habitat of Dogrib Traditional Territory: Place Names as Indicators of Bio-geographical Knowledge. West Kitikmeot Slave Study.

Tlingit Geographical Place Names for the Sheet'ka Kwaan-Sitka Tribe of Alaska

Reading and doing research about place names

These references are provided for people who would like to read more or do research about place names. Most of them are available at university libraries. If you live in Labrador, you can borrow or get copies of these documents through the Labrador Institute of Memorial University in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Click here to search the Memorial University library website - Alternatively, please contact Kuekuatsheu (Peter Armitage) for help finding these documents.

Anderson, Svanhild. 2004. "Saami Place Names and Place-making in a Minority-Majority Context." In Michael Jones and Audhild Schanche (eds.). Landscape, Law and Customary Rights. Report from a symposium in Guovdageaidnu-Kautokeino 26-28 March 2003. Nordic Saami Institute.

Andrews, Thomas, John Zoe and Aaron Herter. 1998. "On Yamozhah's Trail: Dogrib Sacred Sites and the Anthropology of Travel." In Jill Oakes, et al. (eds.). Sacred Lands: Aboriginal World Views, Claims, and Conflicts. Occasional Publication No. 43. Edmonton: University of Alberta. (PDF)

Armitage, Peter. 2005. The Labrador Toponymy Project and its Relevance to Archaeologists. Provincial Archaeology Office Newsletter. St. John's: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Newsletter Vol.4, pp.47-51. (PDF)

Basso, Keith H. 1996. Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language Among the Western Apache. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.

Basso, Keith H. 1988. "'Speaking with Names': Language and Landscape Among the Western Apache." Cultural Anthropology. 3(2):99-130.

Benvenisti, Meron. 1986. Conflicts and Contradictions. New York: Villard Books.

Bright, William. 2004. Native American Placenames of the United States. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.

Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names.1987. Glossary of Generic Terms in Canada's Geographical Names / Glossaire des génériques en usage dans les noms géographiques du Canada. Terminology Bulletin 176. Secretary of State and Energy, Mines and Resources Canada, Ottawa.

Collignon, Béatrice. 2006. Knowing Places. The Inuinnait, Landscapes and the Environment. Edmonton: Canadian Circumpolar Institute, University of Alberta.

Collignon, Béatrice. 2004. "Recueillir les toponymes inuit. Pour quoi faire?" Études/Inuit/Studies. 28(2):89-106.

Commission de toponymie du Québec. 2003. La toponymie des Cris. Dossiers toponymiques, 29.

Commission de toponymie du Québec. 1999. La toponymie des Naskapis. Dossiers toponymiques, 22.

Denton, David. 2007. "The Land as an Aspect of Cree history: Exploring Whapmagoostui Cree Place Names." (Ed. H.C. Wolfart (ed.). Papers of the 38th Algonquian Conference. pp.143-154.

Dorion, Henri. 1970. Les noms des lieux montagnais des environs de Mingan: contribution à la connaissance de la toponymie aborigene de la Côte-Nord. Québec: Presse de l’Université Laval.

de Tradición Oral, Taller and Pierre Beaucage. 1996. "La bonne montagne et l'eau malfaisante: toponymie et practiques environnementales chez les Nahuas de Basse Montagne (Sierra Norte de Puebla, Mexique)." Anthropologie et Sociétés. 20(3):33-54.

Fair, Susan W. 1997. "Inupiat Naming and Community History: the Tapqaq and Saniniq Coasts Near Shishmaref, Alaska." Professional Geographer. 49(4):466-480.

Friel, Brian. 1984. "Translations." Selected Plays. London: Faber and Faber.

Hanks, Christorpher C. 1983. Dene Names as an Organizing Principle in Ethnoarchaeological Research." Musk-Ox. 33:49-55

Helander, Kaisa Rautio. 2004. "Treatment of Saami Settlement Names in Finnmark in Official Norwegian Place Name Policy." In Michael Jones and Audhild Schanche (eds.). Landscape, Law and Customary Rights. Report from a symposium in Guovdageaidnu-Kautokeino 26-28 March 2003. Nordic Saami Institute.

Hercus, Luise, Flavia Hodges and Jane Simpson (eds.). 2002. The Land is a Map: Placenames of Indigenous Origin in Australia. Canberra: Pandanus Books.

Hewson, John. 1978. "Micmac Place Names in Newfoundland." Regional Language Studies. 8.

Jett, Stephen C. 1997. "Place Naming, Environment, and Perception Among the Canyon de Chelly Navajo of Arizona." Professional Geographer. 49(4):481-493.

Kapesh, An Antane. 1975. “Ces terres don’t nous avions nommé chaque ruisseau.” Recherches amérindiennes au Québec. 5(2) :3.

Kari, James. 1989. "Some Principles of Alaskan Athabaskan Toponymic Knowledge." In Mary Ritchie Key and Henry M. Hoenigswald (eds.). General and Amerindian Ethnolinguistics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Pp. 129-149.

Kari, James and James A. Fall. 2003. Shem Pete’s Alaska: The Territory of the Upper Cook Inlet Dena’ina. Second edition. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press.

Keith, Darren. 2000. Inuit Place Names and Land-use history on the Harvaqtuuq [Kazan River], Nunavut Territory. MA thesis, Department of Geography, McGill University, Montréal, Québec.

Legat, Allice, Georgina Chocolate, Madelaine Chocolate, Pauline Williah, and Sally Anne Zoe. 2001. Habitat of Dogrib Traditional Territory: Placenames as Indicators of Biogeographical Knowledge. Final report submitted to West Kitikmeot Slave Study Society, Yellowknife, NT

Mailhot, José. 1995. INNUTOP Mapping Project, Phase 1. Report to the Innu Nation, Sheshatshiu. May.

Mailhot, José. 1985. "Implementation of Mother-tongue Literacy Among the Montagnais: Myth or Reality?" In Barbara Burnaby (ed.). Promoting Native Writing Systems in Canada. Toronto: OISE Press. Pp.17-26.

McHalsie, Albert (Sonny). 2001. "Halq'eméylem Place Names in Stó:lo Territory." In Keith Thor Carlson, et al. (eds.). A Stó:lo-Coast Salish Historical Atlas. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre. Pp.134-153.

Müller-Wille, Ludger. 1992. Guide to the Field Collection of Native Geographical Names. Prepared for the Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names. Ottawa: Minister of Supply and Services Canada.

Nieminen, Anna. 1998. The Cultural Politics of Place Naming in Québec: Toponymic Negotiation and Struggle in Aboriginal Territories. PhD thesis, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa.

Rankama, Tuija. 1993. "Managing the Landscape: A Study of Sámi Place-names in Utsjoki, Finnish Lapland." Études/Inuit/Studies. 17(1):47-69.

Rayburn, Alan. 1985. "Native Place Names: We All Have Our Favourites." Canadian Geographic. 104(6):88.

Saladin d'Anglure, Bernard. 2004. "La toponymie religieuse et l'appropriation symbolique du territoire par les Inuit du Nunavik et du Nunavut." Études/Inuit/Studies. 28(2):107-131.

Tversky, Barbara. 1993. "Cognitive Maps, Cognitive Collages, and Spatial Mental Models." Spatial Information Theory: a Theoretical Basis for GIS. Berlin: Springer-Verlag. Pp.14-24.

Wonders, William C. 1987. "Native Claims and Place Names in Canada's Western Arctic." The Canadian Journal of Native Studies. 7(1):111-120.

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