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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.


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.


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

Latest News & Items

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