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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.


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


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


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

Latest News & Items

Dawn Martin-Hill has received the 2022 University of Oklahoma International Water Prize

Dr. Martin-Hill received the prize in recognition of her commitment to improving water security for the people of the Six Nations of the Grand River, the largest Native reserve in Canada.
Oct 05, 2021

Indigenous Education Council introduces new strategy

Indigenous Strategic Directions will act as a guide for the University as a whole, with four main strategic goals of research, education, student experience and leadership and governance.
Sep 30, 2021

A Statement of Solidarity with Indigenous Students and Activists

As a strong community of Indigenous students, faculty and staff, we wanted to stand up to the online hate and racism that is being directed at Jordan Carrier, a student in our community.
Aug 20, 2021

Inaugural Indigenous Futurisms STEAM Symposium is Successful

Indigenous Futurisms STEAM Symposium encouraged Indigenous high school students to consider how traditional knowledge and modern science can collaborate in the future.
Jul 21, 2021

Rick Monture receives McMaster’s Indigenous Scholar-in-Community fellowship

Rick Monture, faculty member in the Indigenous Studies program, member of the Mohawk nation, Turtle clan, from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, is the recipient of McMaster’s 2021 Indigenous Scholar-in-Community fellowship.
Jun 29, 2021

Meet Aaron Parry, Bachelor of Arts Anthropology and Indigenous Studies '21

Aaron Parry is also a social activist, academic, and clothing designer. That’s a mouthful! Read more about his road to convocation.
Jun 18, 2021

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