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Dr. Tracy Bear appointed director of the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute

“Indigenous scholar and education advocate, Tracy Bear, has been appointed director of the McMaster Indigenous Research Institute (MIRI).

Bear, a Nehiyawiskwew (Cree woman) and member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation in northern Saskatchewan, will hold joint academic appointments in the Faculties of Social Sciences and Health Sciences. She comes to McMaster from the University of Alberta, where she is the director of the Indigenous Women & Youth Resilience Project and the academic lead on ‘Indigenous Canada,’ and assistant professor of Native Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.

An accomplished academic, Bear has made significant contributions to Indigenous scholarship and the national Indigenous education landscape since earning her PhD from the University of Alberta in 2016. Her current research includes social justice, prison abolition, body sovereignty, sexuality and gender, contemporary Indigenous art, and Indigenous literature.

Her appointment begins on July 1, 2021. It has been approved by the Senate and the Board of Governors.”

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