She:kon, Sge:no, Aanii, Welcome
Letter of Welcome from the Academic Director
As the Academic Director of the Indigenous Studies
Program, I would like to welcome you to McMaster University. If you are a returning student, I would also
like to congratulate you on an already successful year and encourage you to do
even better in 2013-14. This year will
be an especially exciting time as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary
of Indigenous Studies and will be holding several events to commemorate the
occasion, including guest speakers, conferences, and the McMaster First Nation
Student’s Association (MFNSA) annual Powwow this September. We hope that you will find the time to attend
many of these activities and please keep in mind that we are always looking for
help in running these events. It’s a
great way to meet new people and gain valuable volunteer experience while
contributing to the awareness of Indigenous peoples on campus and beyond.
Along with our 20th anniversary
celebrations there are many other exciting things happening in the
Program. This past May we officially
became part of the Faculty of Social Sciences, which will enhance our
administrative and academic counseling support, and we are also working hard to
develop our Four-year Degree Program as well as a Graduate Diploma that will
give students more options for classes and academic paths. You will also notice construction happening
near the Stirling Street entrance to campus as work begins on the new Wilson
Building – future home of the Indigenous Studies Program and Indigenous Student
Services, coming in September 2015! Throughout
all of these important initiatives, our students and Elders have provided
valuable input as to what these new courses and office spaces will look like,
upholding our long tradition of guidance coming from the Indigenous community
on issues concerning our students at McMaster.
With both academically trained instructors
and traditional knowledge carriers working with the Indigenous Studies Program,
our students benefit from uniquely Indigenous approaches to teaching and
learning. Our overall aim is to support all
First Nation, Metis and Inuit students as you strive hard to realize your educational
goals, and we provide a number of services including an Indigenous Student Counselor,
Recruitment and Retention Officer, Program Manager, a student lounge, computer
lab, and resource library. If you have additional
ideas, please let us know!
We are happy that you will be joining us at
McMaster as we move forward during this period of growth and expansion. Please take the time to review this handbook
and learn more about the Indigenous Studies Program and Student Services that
are available to assist you on campus as well as in the region. Remember that all of the services that you
will benefit from this year are a direct result of students like yourself who
worked hard to advocate and fundraise for a more welcoming and supportive
environment for Indigenous students at McMaster. What will you do to ensure an even better
community for Indigenous students here in the future?
HARVEY LONGBOAT SCHOLARSHIP 2013-2014
- Demonstrated excellence in academics and leadership within the Indigenous community.
- Recipient must demonstrate a commitment to 'give back' to the high school community that sponsored this award.
- Must be an Indigenous Undergraduate student (part or full time).