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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.


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.

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A day of action to gather, mourn, and plan

Feb. 14, 2018, Drop-in between 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in L.R Wilson Hall, room 1811

Feb 13, 2018

Co-creating of Indigenous Water Quality Tools

Dawn Martin-Hill, Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies Program and Paul R. MacPherson Chair in Indigenous Studies, has been awarded a prestigious research grant through Global Water Futures.

Sep 18, 2017

First-year student shares Indigenous culture through her passion for performance

“A big part of my culture is performance,” says Semiah Smith. “We were always a creative people – our ceremonies have songs and dances that are embedded in everything we do, the way that we live, and in our world view. To me, being Indigenous and being artistic and creative are very close. It was just a natural path for me.”

Sep 01, 2017

Indigenous Student Services launches new website

Supporting First Nations, Inuit, and Metis students attending McMaster.

Aug 29, 2017

Indigenous students discuss their perceptive on celebrating Canada150

Friday, June 30, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Mills Plaza

Jun 30, 2017

What does Canada 150 mean for Indigenous communities?

Indigenous Studies Director Vanessa Watts featured on TVO's The Agenda discussing why Canada's 150 birthday may not be something to celebrate.

Jun 30, 2017


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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