Whether you come from near or far, consider getting involved with the local Indigenous community in order to make the most of your time here at McMaster. Everyone is welcome!
The McMaster Indigenous Student Community Alliance (MISCA), formerly known as McMaster First Nations Students Association (MFNSA), is an OPIRG working group. They strive to provide social and academic support to Indigenous learners and allies of all academic levels and disciplines, all while having some fun along the way!
The Cooperative of Indigenous Studies Students & Alumni (CISSA) was developed as a means to further promote and support Indigenous peoples, knowledge, and culture. Their mission is to raise awareness of Indigenous issues within the McMaster, Hamilton, and Six Nations communities and to foster a sense of welcoming and belonging to all Indigenous learners and Indigenous Studies students.
McMaster Indigenous Graduate Students (MIGS) was formed to support Indigenous graduate students who are attending McMaster, and to create opportunities for scholarly dialogue and collaboration regarding research interests and shared common experiences related to graduate-level education. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Since its inception, the Indigenous Studies Program (ISP) has incorporated a very unique teaching structure of Indigenous knowledge which involves Indigenous peoples and Elders. This unique perspective assists all students in learning about the history and lives of Indigenous peoples from an Indigenous perspective. The faculty and staff who work within ISP are dedicated to educating others and ensuring the success of our students.
The Indigenous Students Health Sciences Office (ISHS) provides a number of services to ensure the academic success of Indigenous students in health-related programs, as well as the maintenance of their physical, mental, and cultural wellness. These services and supports include access to Elders, mentors, and dedicated space for student use. ISHS also engages with broader Indigenous communities and shares knowledge with non-Indigenous students, staff, faculty, and departments interested in Indigenous health.
McMaster’s Indigenous Education Council (IEC) is the primary body responsible for promoting and advocating for the advancement of Indigenous education at McMaster, championing the needs of Indigenous students, staff and faculty members, and providing advice to the University on all Indigenous matters. Meetings are open to the public and there are opportunities for students and community members to sit on the council. For more information please contact the Program Administrator.
The McMaster Indigenous Research Institute (MIRI) is a world-class facility recognized for its leadership in the field of Indigenous research. The overarching priority of MIRI is to foster research excellence and best practices for all Indigenous related research across McMaster.
The Hamilton Regional Indian Centre (HRIC) assists Indigenous people living in an urban environment by sponsoring programs that maintain Indigenous traditions and culture. The Centre holds events such as traditional teaching and craft workshops.
Native Women’s Centre provides safe, emergency shelter for all women regardless of age, ancestry, culture, place of origin or sexual orientation with or without children who are experiencing crisis in their lives due to family violence, homelessness, or conflict with the law.