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


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


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.

Latest News & Items

Welcome to FSS!

Following the formation of the Indigenous Studies Department on July 1, 2022, existing Indigenous faculty previously appointed in the Faculty of Humanities will now hold full or joint appointments with the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Sep 28, 2022

Truth & Reconciliation Day Panel Discussion

On September 29, 2022, at 6 p.m., members of our campus community are invited to attend the National Truth and Reconciliation Day Panel Discussion hosted by Indigenous Studies faculty at the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery, Room 1110.
Sep 26, 2022

Events and resources ahead of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

On Friday, Sept. 30, McMaster’s campus community will join others across the country in commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.
Sep 23, 2022

Vanessa Watts awarded the President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning

Watts, Assistant Professor in Indigenous Studies & Sociology, is among five faculty members recognized for their commitment to education through innovation, continued excellence in teaching and enhanced student learning.
Jun 07, 2022

Indigenous Studies student, Stacy De Berner has co-written a new e-book exploring ongoing legacy of Shakespeare and/as adaptation

Shakespeare and/as Adaptation: Models to Inspire and Embolden Students’ Creative and Critical Engagement is an e-book built on Pressbooks, an open-source online platform that, among other functions, allows academic authors and publishers to create, adapt and share materials such as digital textbooks and other resources.
May 27, 2022

Strong Medicine: Culture Matters

June 6, 2022; 6:30 to 8:30 pm, St. Cuthbert's, 2 Bond Street North, Hamilton (Westdale) 905 765-5487 to register. Part 2 of the Grandmothers of Steel Film series. This is a non-ticket event. Guests are invited to make a donation at the door.
May 18, 2022

McMaster University Indigenous Education Council

McMaster’s Indigenous Education Council is the primary body with responsibility for promoting and advocating for the advancement of Indigenous education at McMaster, championing the needs of Indigenous students, staff and faculty members, and providing advice and support to the University on all Indigenous matters.

In undertaking its mandate, the Indigenous Education Council shall foster understanding and respect of the local and Haudenosaunee cultural history of the development of the Indigenous student learning experience at McMaster and shall encourage positive, collaborative working relationships that respect and promote Indigenous academic leadership and expanded reputable scholarship in Indigenous Studies in order to promote the preservation of culture and address the outstanding knowledge gap about Indigenous peoples. These principles are in keeping with both Haudenosaunee ways of knowing, as exemplified by the Two-Row Wampum, and the President’s ‘Forward with Integrity’ initiative.

Read the McMaster Indigenous Strategic Directions Plan

Learn more about the McMaster Indigenous Education Council