McMaster Indigenous
Research Institute

McMaster University sits on land protected by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum agreement and is a guest on the traditional territories of the Mississauga and Haudenosaunee Nations. This territory was never ceded or surrendered. Further, the Crown has ignored and reneged many of Nation-to-Nation treaties. Settlements and promises of these treaties remained unfulfilled. We stand with all Indigenous Peoples who defend their territories, lands and waters.

Indigenous Research Primer

Guides those at McMaster University who are engaging with Indigenous Peoples and communities in their research.

Prison Education Project

Increases access to post-secondary education for incarcerated Indigenous peoples.


An eight-week intensive research training program for students interested in research and graduate school.

Indigenous Research Day

Highlights the work of faculty, students, staff and community members engaged in Indigenous research at McMaster University.


Contribute to MIRI's Flagship Projects.

"Indigenous research is a process; a growing and weaving of thought, knowledge and creation. Indigenous research is about building relationships.

We have the knowledge of the millennia behind us and a future full of stars to guide us; what we need is a relationship to navigate the fruitful abundance that comes with working together.

My world is a garden and Indigenous research allows me to share the landscape with others, growing, caring for and sharing the knowledge of the world.”

Dr. Adrienne Lickers Xavier 
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Our Objectives

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 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, 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 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 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.

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