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Understanding Indigenous knowledge systems and world views through spirituality, the arts, governance, and traditional ecological knowledge.


Contemporary Indigenous relations in Canada as expressed through gender, rights, socio-economic policy, and the justice system.


Indigenous approaches to health and well-being, including how Canadian health policy impacts Indigenous communities.


Indigenous values, beliefs, and customs of the Cayuga, Mohawk and Ojibwe languages, through the study of written and spoken forms.

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Indigenous undergrads invited to apply for research-focused summer program

Applications are now open for the 2017 Indigenous Undergraduate Summer Research Scholars (IUSRS) program at McMaster.

Mar 09, 2017

Indigenous Graduation Ceremony 2017

Save the date! June 14 at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Feb 28, 2017

Spring Social 2017!

April 3 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Feb 28, 2017

Baking with Bertha

Cook with Elder and Professional Chef Bertha Skye

Feb 28, 2017

Call for action. Peaceful protest against Islamophobia

Mon., Jan. 30, at 6 p.m., Hamilton City Hall, peaceful protest of the rise of Islamophobia and racism

Jan 30, 2017

New class this summer! Cornhusk Sculpting & Beadwork

Learn introductory cornhusk sculpting and beadwork techniques from two respected Haudenosaunee artists.

Jan 17, 2017


Our Indigenous Studies Program brings the richness and depth of Indigenous knowledge and cultures to the classroom. The program, designed for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, allows students to explore the intellectual traditions of many Indigenous peoples, with an emphasis on the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe of southern Ontario. Students will increase their understanding, awareness, and respect for Indigenous knowledge, spirituality, and social/political experience.

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Students are able to complete a Combined Degree in Indigenous Studies that consists of 30 units of Indigenous Studies courses.

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Completed using available elective credits from an Honours Degree in another subject.

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