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Department of Anthropology

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Culture

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

Socio-Political

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

Health

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

Language

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

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Santee Smith installed as McMaster’s 19th chancellor

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

McMaster Indigenous elder and three graduates named to Hamilton Gallery of Distinction

A McMaster Indigenous elder and three graduates are among six outstanding citizens to be named to the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction this year.
Sep 30, 2019

McMaster social work professor recognized for outstanding contributions to community

Indigenous scholar, Dr. Bonnie Freeman is one of ten Mohawk College alumni honoured for contributions in business, community contributions .
Aug 20, 2019

Here’s why a $4.8-million research project is named the Feast Centre

"Everyone comes together over the feast." Randy Jackson and Renee Masching are leading a massive, community-driven research centre that will respond to the problem of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections in Indigenous communities.
Jul 28, 2019