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Department of Anthropology

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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.


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.

Latest News & Items

A message from Dean Hurley to the Faculty of Social Sciences

"You have shown immense diligence in your response to COVID-19 thus far. Thank you for working hard to create the supports needed for the next few weeks. I ask for your continued patience as we strive to adapt to this continuously evolving situation."
Mar 15, 2020

WET’SUWET’EN TEACH-IN: Join us for a discussion with EVE SAINT and Guests

Eve Saint is the daughter of one of the hereditary chiefs at Wet'suwet'en who was arrested and removed from her land on February 7, 2020.
Mar 02, 2020

ISP Solidarity Statement: unequivocal support to the land defenders of the Wet’suwet’en Nation

On behalf of the students, staff, and faculty of the Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University, we are writing to express our unequivocal support to the hereditary leadership and land defenders of the Wet’suwet’en Nation and to all those that have responded to the calls for action across Turtle Island.
Mar 02, 2020

Santee Smith installed as McMaster’s 19th chancellor

Santee Smith, internationally recognized artist, dancer and choreographer, is McMaster's new chancellor.
Nov 25, 2019

Global Water Futures initiative led by McMaster Indigenous studies associate professor Dawn Martin-Hill

Charles de Lannoy (Engineering at McMaster) is working as part of the Global Water Futures initiative led by McMaster Indigenous studies associate professor Dawn Martin-Hill. They’re part of an interdisciplinary group of McMaster researchers co-developing solutions to the ongoing issue of water quality on reserves with Six Nations of the Grand River .
Nov 01, 2019

'Powerhouse Researchers at Mac': Dr. Chelsea Gabel featured on MAC Magazine Article

One studies star clusters from millions of years ago; another looks at online privacy in the Smart City of the future. One is working on ways to amplify Indigenous voices; others on ways to prevent or treat cancer and antimicrobial resistance. It takes innovative, creative thinkers to power truly impactful research. From making the workplace more fair to making our bones stronger through science, meet some of the powerhouse researchers at Mac who are changing our world and the way we see it.
Nov 01, 2019