First Nations and Métis Records

The Provincial Archives has a number of collections that may be of interest to anyone doing family history research about First Nations and/or Métis people. 

The following list is a sample of some collections that may be of interest:

  • Robert Doucette fonds
  • Campbell Innes fonds
  • A.S. Morton fonds
  • Saskatchewan, Department of Natural Resources
  • Canadian Dept. of Indian & Northern Affairs fonds
  • Oral History collection


The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan continues to work together with individuals and organizations that are involved in researching and sharing Indigenous history and the legacy of the residential school system.

Not all of our Collection is described in the catalogue as of yet. 
Access Restrictions may apply.
Contact Reference and Outreach Services to see what is available.

Adolphus Ross and William Bird on Montreal Lake, August 1919. PAS Photo S-B513.

Types of Records To Explore and Where to Find Them

Library and Archives Canada Records

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has the most comprehensive collection of archival records regarding Indigenous heritage. The Department of Indian Affairs (Record Group 10), the Red and Black Series) and the Department of the Interior (Record Group 15) records are another valuable resource. These records are available on microfilm and many of the records from this collection have also been digitized and can be accessed through the online search at LAC.

When using this database to search for microfilmed materials in the Red and Black Series, be sure to take note of the volume number, file number, and microfilm reel numbers for any materials that you wish to view.  

For researchers interested in Métis scrip records available at LAC, Finding Métis Scrip outlines the historical context in which Métis scrip records were created and provides information on how to search these records.

LAC Resources at the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan

The Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan has the following microfilm reels from the RG 10 Black Series:

  • C-9690
  • C-10098 to C-10187
  • C-13906 to C-13907
  • C-13909
  • C-13933 to C-13936
  • C-14250
  • C-14857 to C-14868
  • C-14880
  • T-1455 to T-1458
  • T-1460
  • T-1469

Resources at Other Organizations

General inquiries regarding genealogical information about First Nations and Métis people may be directed to the following institutions:

  • Elders, members of First Nations band councils, and First Nations and Métis governments
  • eHealth Saskatchewan genealogy website for birth, marriage, and death records. Access and fees vary from province to province.
  • Church Records: The early involvement of Christian denominations in missions to First Nations and Métis people, and because of Church involvement in the education of First Nations and Métis people.
  • Other Provincial Archives: Other provincial archives hold unique records relating to provincial government programs for First Nations and Métis peoples and private records of Indigenous leaders, clergy, educators, and others.