MIRI News and Updates

MIRI research and projects in the news and in our communities

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Current Research Projects

MIRI is a world-class facility recognized for its leadership in the field of Indigenous research.

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An innovative summer research program for Indigenous undergrads

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The overarching priority of MIRI is to foster research excellence and best practices for all Indigenous related research across McMaster.



Lead and inform Indigenous research

Lead and inform Indigenous research reform at McMaster University as well as across multiple universities and community environments.

Build and enhance the existing research infrastructure

Build and enhance the existing research infrastructure and trusted relationships both at McMaster University and within the region through the sharing of research expertise, helping advance understanding of working by and with Indigenous communities, and by bringing together faculty and researchers across multiple disciplines. It is envisioned that MIRI’s initiatives will bring together expertise from across foundational and applied disciplines, Faculties, and affiliated institutions.

Create opportunities for innovative interdisciplinary research

Create opportunities for innovative interdisciplinary research, experiential, problem based student learning, mentorship for undergraduates, graduates and post-doctoral students. The benefits to this include both the building of Indigenous research capacity and recruitment of new researchers and faculty to McMaster by using monies made available by national granting agencies and philanthropic efforts.

Enhance knowledge translation

Enhance knowledge translation capacity though the building of a digital portal that can be used to help educate McMaster staff and local community on reconciliation and Indigenous Knowledge,provide meaningful support to researchers, and create best-in-class protocols, practices and policies for research, teaching, and learning at McMaster and beyond.

Create and mobilize

Create and mobilize an information clearinghouse focusing on Indigenous research, enhance understanding of Indigenous Knowledge and reconciliation amongst both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and position McMaster as a leading authority on Indigenous research and Indigenous Knowledge, and as a resource for post- secondary Universities across the country and around the world.