Homepage of the Indigenous Studies Program at McGill

Banner for ISP Event: Feb. 2, 2018 - Biopolitics and Beyond: New Directions in Indigenous Studies, lecture and panel discussion


The Indigenous Studies Program at McGill University was established in 2014 in response to years of research, reflection, and activism on the part of students at McGill and the Indigenous communities on campus. Currently a minor program within the Faculty of Arts, the Indigenous Studies Program is administered by the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC) and advised by a program committee chaired by professor Allan Downey.

The Minor in Indigenous Studies currently provides students with a broad interdisciplinary approach to key topics in the historical, social, and cultural dimensions of Indigenous life on Turtle Island (North America). The core courses offered within the program focus on engaging with Indigenous knowledge systems and societies from within, in ways that promote the resurgence of these systems, while placing an emphasis on the field of Indigenous Studies’ distinct methodologies, expectations, and reciprocity in the Program’s Indigenous community partnerships.

In its relatively short existence, the minor program has been an essential site of Indigenous community engagement and outreach while serving as a linchpin for Indigenous initiatives and community building on campus. The Program organizes and sponsors public events, community outreach projects, and brings visitors to McGill through the annual Indigenous Knowledge Holder Series.