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Department of Anthropology

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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.


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.

Latest News & Items

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 approves creation of Indigenous Studies department

The new Indigenous Studies department will be home to the Indigenous Studies undergraduate program, a planned graduate program, and research and community-focused activities.
May 10, 2022

Soc Sci Grad Designs the Black Student Success Centre Logo

Aaron Parry, a graduate of the Faculty of Social Sciences' Anthropology and Indigenous Studies programs, is also behind the Black Student Success Centre logo.
Mar 15, 2022

International Women's Day 2022 with Dr. Jessica Hernandez

Celebrate International Women’s Day 2022 this Tuesday, March 8th, 3:00pm-4:30pm with Dr. Jessica Hernandez, a Maya Ch’orti’ and Zapaotec Indigenous scholar who recently published Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes Through Indigenous Science.
Mar 03, 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