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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

Videos provide an opportunity to pause and reflect on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

With pandemic restrictions in place, the McMaster community will commemorate December 6, the annual National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, a little differently this year.
Dec 04, 2020

Job Advertisement: Tenure-Track/Tenured, Assistant/Associate Professors

McMaster University is pleased to announce a cohort hiring initiative of up to twelve appointments of emerging and established academics and scholars who will contribute to the advancement of Black academic excellence across all six McMaster Faculties. McMaster seeks candidates whose scholarship and scholarly work forefronts or contributes to any of the following disciplinary or interdisciplinary areas of teaching and research.
Dec 04, 2020

The Future through Ancestral Lenses

Dr. Vanessa Watts (Paul D. MacPherson Chair in Indigenous Studies) along with panelists Zoe Hopkins (Film maker and writer), Dr. Jeremy D. Green (scholar and teacher) and Marianne Nicolson (activist and artist) will be hosting a discussion on how ancestral language shapes worldview and how they see challenging times through the ancestral lens.
Sep 02, 2020

New Indigenous Student-led Youtube Series: Ohneganos Let's Talk Water

Ohneganos is launching a new interactive student-led YouTube series on water security and climate change called “Ohneganos: Let’s Talk Water.” Hosted by McMaster University student Makasa Looking Horse, the seven-week series is designed to share stories, art and film with guests and viewers in a conversational format.
Jul 23, 2020

Amplifying life- and world-changing Indigenous technologies

Vanessa Watts, a Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe scholar and faculty member in McMaster’s Department of Sociology and Indigenous Studies program, is the new Paul R. MacPherson Chair in Indigenous Studies.
Jul 23, 2020

Recipients of the Faculty of Social Sciences COVID-19 Catalyst Grant announced

Congratulations to the six recipients of the COVID-19 Catalyst Grant.
Jun 07, 2020

To our Black colleagues and friends at McMaster

Indigenous members at McMaster in solidarity with Black Lives Matter
Jun 02, 2020

A message from Dean Hurley to the Faculty of Social Sciences

"You have shown immense diligence in your response to COVID-19 thus far. Thank you for working hard to create the supports needed for the next few weeks. I ask for your continued patience as we strive to adapt to this continuously evolving situation."
Mar 15, 2020

WET’SUWET’EN TEACH-IN: Join us for a discussion with EVE SAINT and Guests

Eve Saint is the daughter of one of the hereditary chiefs at Wet'suwet'en who was arrested and removed from her land on February 7, 2020.
Mar 02, 2020

ISP Solidarity Statement: unequivocal support to the land defenders of the Wet’suwet’en Nation

On behalf of the students, staff, and faculty of the Indigenous Studies Program at McMaster University, we are writing to express our unequivocal support to the hereditary leadership and land defenders of the Wet’suwet’en Nation and to all those that have responded to the calls for action across Turtle Island.
Mar 02, 2020

Santee Smith installed as McMaster’s 19th chancellor

Santee Smith, internationally recognized artist, dancer and choreographer, is McMaster's new chancellor.
Nov 25, 2019

Global Water Futures initiative led by McMaster Indigenous studies associate professor Dawn Martin-Hill

Charles de Lannoy (Engineering at McMaster) is working as part of the Global Water Futures initiative led by McMaster Indigenous studies associate professor Dawn Martin-Hill. They’re part of an interdisciplinary group of McMaster researchers co-developing solutions to the ongoing issue of water quality on reserves with Six Nations of the Grand River .
Nov 01, 2019

'Powerhouse Researchers at Mac': Dr. Chelsea Gabel featured on MAC Magazine Article

One studies star clusters from millions of years ago; another looks at online privacy in the Smart City of the future. One is working on ways to amplify Indigenous voices; others on ways to prevent or treat cancer and antimicrobial resistance. It takes innovative, creative thinkers to power truly impactful research. From making the workplace more fair to making our bones stronger through science, meet some of the powerhouse researchers at Mac who are changing our world and the way we see it.
Nov 01, 2019

McMaster Indigenous elder and three graduates named to Hamilton Gallery of Distinction

A McMaster Indigenous elder and three graduates are among six outstanding citizens to be named to the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction this year.
Sep 30, 2019

McMaster social work professor recognized for outstanding contributions to community

Indigenous scholar, Dr. Bonnie Freeman is one of ten Mohawk College alumni honoured for contributions in business, community contributions .
Aug 20, 2019