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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.


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.

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Great Fall Courses!

Looking for some course ideas for the Fall? We have a some great options in our department and the rest of the Social Sciences.

Aug 15, 2018

Vanessa Watts and Hayden King reflect on the AFN election

The Globe and Mail published an op-ed by Vanessa Watts, Director of Indigenous Studies and Assistant Professor of Sociology at McMaster University and Hayden King, Executive Director of Yellowhead Institute at Ryerson University on the "impossible reconciliation" that First Nations citizens faced in the recent election of the Assembly of First Nations.

Jul 31, 2018

Inspiring Indigenous internationalism

Piers Kreps graduated from McMaster’s political science program in the Faculty of Social Sciences in the spring of 2018. He writes about his experience attending the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and shares his insights

Jul 17, 2018

Improving health research among Indigenous peoples in Canada

Dr. Chelsea Gabel, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Aging and Society and Indigenous Studies Program, and colleagues discuss health research involving Indigenous Peoples in an analysis article published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

May 22, 2018

Anthropology and Indigenous Studies professor, Dawn Martin-Hill, speaks with CBC

Dawn Martin-Hill is interviewed by CBC's Piya Chattopadhyay on why Six Nations communities are still without clean running water.

Apr 23, 2018

New Wilson Leadership Scholars show exceptional leadership potential

This year’s Wilson Leadership Scholar Award winners have been selected after a rigorous multi-stage process involving written submissions and online and in-person interviews. Carol Markos, Indigenous Studies and Political Science is among the third cohort of Leaders for the award, which was launched in 2016.

Apr 20, 2018


Our Indigenous Studies Program brings the richness and depth of Indigenous knowledge and cultures to the classroom. The program, designed for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, allows students to explore the intellectual traditions of many Indigenous peoples, with an emphasis on the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe of southern Ontario. Students will increase their understanding, awareness, and respect for Indigenous knowledge, spirituality, and social/political experience.

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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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