The McMaster Indigenous Research Institute (MIRI) is part of a burgeoning network of scholars, community members, departments, and groups who amplify and support Indigenous voices. MIRI stakeholders and partners include:
McMaster’s Indigenous Studies Program: Experience the richness of Indigenous knowledge and cultures. The ISP program is designed for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to explore the intellectual traditions of many Indigenous peoples. The program uses innovative approaches to learning and scholarship through experiential educational opportunities. incorporates a very unique teaching structure of Indigenous knowledge which involves many Indigenous peoples and Elders. This unique perspective assists all students from various cultures and background in learning about the history and lives of Aboriginal people within an Indigenous perspective. The faculty and staff who works within the Indigenous Studies Program are dedicated to educating Indigenous perspectives and issues, as well the success of our students.
McMaster Indigenous Student Services: SHÉ:KON, BIINDIGEN, TAWOW, PJILASI, WELCOME! Explore the Indigenous Student Services (ISS) site to discover support and opportunities available for all Indigenous Students at McMaster. Indigenous Student Services provides and connects Indigenous learners to the supports they need to achieve their academic goals. We work to promote a safe place for Indigenous learners at McMaster by addressing barriers and providing holistic supports. The ISS team supports the transition to university life and offers a number of services to help Indigenous learners connect with their culture and pursue academic success. ISS is part of a larger Indigenous community at McMaster and welcomes Indigenous learners from across campus to connect!
The Indigenous Health Learning Lodge: The lodge works along side the Faculty of Health Sciences as a whole towards creating a culturally safe and humble environment to enable sustainable systems change to advance the work and concepts of truth, reconciliation and anti-colonization.
The Feast Centre for Indigenous STBBI Research: The Feast Centre is a national, community-driven research centre responding to sexually transmitted blood-borne infections in Indigenous communities. The research is grounded in non-hierarchical, Indigenous knowledge and community identified concerns, and is the culmination of 20 years of community-based research. The Feast Centre’s work is guided by a Council of Elders, a Governing Council and an Operations Team and brings together many partners including researchers, clinicians, community members, Indigenous Elders, people with living and lived experience of STBBI, advocacy groups and non-profit agencies. The Co-leads of the Feast Centre Randy Jackson (Principal Investigator) and Renee Masching (Principal Knowledge User) have decades of experience in Indigenous Community-Based STBBI Research.
North American Indigenous Studies Association: The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) is an interdisciplinary, international membership-based organization, comprised of scholars working in the fields of Native American and Indigenous Studies, broadly defined. NAISA began through exploratory meetings hosted by the University of Oklahoma in 2007 and by the University of Georgia in 2008, incorporated in 2009, and has since become the premier international and interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies. NAISA hosts an annual meeting that welcomes faculty and students in colleges, universities, and tribal colleges; community-based scholars and elders; and independent professionals working in the field. Our annual meetings have grown exponentially: from 350 attendees at the first gathering in 2007 to over 1000 attendees at the 2017 conference. We especially encourage Indigenous community-driven scholarship. NAISA is also responsible for the journal Native American & Indigenous Studies (NAIS), published by the University of Minnesota Press.
Tipi Confessions: Sexy storytelling, performances, and anonymous audience confessions. Sex, (almost) everybody does it and (almost) nobody talks about it — except at Tipi Confessions. Tipi Confessions is a live storytelling show on sex, sexuality, and gender, featuring performance and anonymous audience confessions. Tipi Confessions highlights Indigenous, decolonial, political, humourous, creative, feminist, queer, and/or educational perspectives. The shows have showcased spoken word, personal narrative, erotica fiction, burlesque, live musicians, and short theatre performances. Tipi Confessions is produced by three Indigenous women: University of Alberta professor Kim TallBear (Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate), McMaster University’s Tracy Bear (Nehiyaw’iskwew from Montreal Lake Cree Nation), and UofA Native Studies PhD student Kirsten Lindquist (Cree-Métis). Tipi Confessions is not only sexy. Audiences are reminded that sex is always political. The Tipi Confessions enterprise also serves as a “research-creation laboratory” at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Native Studies. This is a space of creative experimentation and action research, both informed by and furthering existing research and teaching in decolonial and critical sexualities.