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Following the formation of the Indigenous Studies Department on July 1, 2022, existing Indigenous faculty previously appointed in the Faculty of Humanities will now hold full or joint appointments with the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Sep 28, 2022

Truth & Reconciliation Day Panel Discussion

On September 29, 2022, at 6 p.m., members of our campus community are invited to attend the National Truth and Reconciliation Day Panel Discussion hosted by Indigenous Studies faculty at the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery, Room 1110.
Sep 26, 2022

Events and resources ahead of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

On Friday, Sept. 30, McMaster’s campus community will join others across the country in commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.
Sep 23, 2022

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

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

Community Statement on Kamloops Indian Residential School

We want to acknowledge and offer our condolences to the Indigenous families and community in Kamloops and Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc. An announcement on Thursday May 27, 2021 brought news of the existence of an unmarked mass grave on the grounds of the Kamloops Indian Residential School located in Kamloops, British Columbia. The remains of two hundred fifteen children of various ages were found there in Tk’emlups te Secwepemc territory.
May 31, 2021

Dr Adrianne Xavier is a recipient of the Petro Canada-McMaster University Young Innovator Award

Xavier aims to create opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in Indigenous research projects.
May 19, 2021

Indigenous communities should be able to choose online voting, especially during COVID-19: Report

Chelsea Gabel of McMaster Indigenous Studies and Nicole Goodman of Brock University have been featured in The Conversation, following the publication of research that shows that online voting enhances Indigenous communities' participation, self-determination and governance.
May 04, 2021

Research shows online voting could be transformative for Indigenous communities

A new report by McMaster University and Brock University researchers finds that online voting could have a significant impact on the democratic process in Indigenous communities.
May 03, 2021

McMaster Welcomes Two Indigenous Scholars

Notable Indigenous scholars, Renae Watchman and Robert Innes will join McMaster University on July 1, 2021.
Mar 29, 2021

Tracy Bear appointed director of the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute

Tracy Bear will hold joint appointments in the Faculties of Social Sciences and Health Sciences and comes to McMaster from the University of Alberta. She is a Nehiyawiskwew (Cree woman) and member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation in northern Saskatchewan.
Feb 12, 2021