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Department of Anthropology

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


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


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.

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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

Peter F. Ittinuar, Canada’s First Inuk Member of Parliament

Public Lecture, Dec.1, L.R. Wilson Hall, Room 1811, Ceremonial Room, 7p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Nov 29, 2016

Environmental Justice, Standing Rock & Beyond - Live Stream!

In Person & Live Stream Event: Indigenous Research Symposium, Special Guest Speakers: Chief Bernard Ominayak, Chief Leroy Hill & Chief Arvol Looking Horse, November 30, 2016 4pm, Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery (MDCL) 1102, McMaster University

Nov 28, 2016

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Tuesday, December 6, 2016, In the Social Sciences Community Room, 1003, Wilson Hall, McMaster University (Sterling Avenue Entrance, wheelchair accessible venue)

Nov 25, 2016

Book Launch | In Divided Unity (Haudenosaunee Reclamation at Grand River), by Theresa McCarthy

Nov. 23, L.R. Wilson Hall, Room 1811 (Ceremonial Room), 4:30 p.m.

Nov 21, 2016


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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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