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Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance


Participants a workshop

Indigenous Food Security Workshop- Cultivating Community Perspectives and Partnerships: held at the University of Winnipeg, organized by the Department of Indigenous Studies. Participants engaging in a sharing circle, exchanging stories/ experiences, and ideas on indigenous food security.

Participants a workshop

Indigenous Food Security Workshop- Cultivating Community Perspectives and Partnerships: held at the University of Winnipeg, organized by the Department of Indigenous Studies. Participants engaging in a sharing circle, exchanging stories/ experiences, and ideas on indigenous food security.

Panelists

Native American Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) 2013 Panelists (L-R) MDP Graduate student Janna Barkman, MDP Graduate student Alejandro Dominguez, MAIG graduate student Brielle Beaudin, and Leanne Dunne discussing Indigenous food sovereignty with Dr. Shailesh Shukla as the Chair of the panel.

UWinnipeg Students

Native American Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) 2013: (L-R) Dr. Sheryl Lightfoot, Dr. Kate William (panel chair), graduate student Rashmi Tanya Muthusamipillai representing Lorena Fontaine, Dr. Brock Pitawanakwat and graduate student Vanessa Simone discussing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Education.

Students and Faculty

May 17, 2013: (L-R) Dr. James Currie, Dr. Julie Pelletier, Jeff Decontie, Dr. Jacqueline Romanow and Dr. Evelyn Peters after Jeff passed his thesis exam with distinction. Jeff’s thesis is titled “Indigenous Identities and Nation- Building within Canadian Urban Centres: Relevance for Algonquin Nationhood.”

Students with Dr. Tobasonakwut Kinew

Pathways to Wisdom 2011 class with Late Dr. Tobasonakwut Kinew

The Department of Indigenous Studies (formerly the Aboriginal Governance Program) is grounded in the intellectual and cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the globe. We welcome students from all backgrounds and disciplines to explore the unique complexities and broad, diverse cultures associated with Indigenous studies which include natural resources, economic development and Indigenous knowledge.  The Department of Indigenous Studies is proud to offer its students the opportunity to pursue a Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance degree, which was established in 2008.

Join us as we examine Indigenous governance through Indigenous wisdom and multidisciplinary coursework in Indigenous/Aboriginal governance and disciplines like politics, anthropology, human ecology, sociology, law, history, religious studies, and conflict resolution studies. We recognize and honor the central role of language as carrier of culture, conveyor of tradition and knowledge, and signifier of individual and community identity by supporting the teaching of the Indigenous languages Ojibwe and Cree.

Graduate students will earn a Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance, preparing them for leadership and management positions within Indigenous governmental and non-governmental organizations, and in urban and other community-based organizations; or to further their educations in a variety of Ph.D. programs. For more information on our Graduate program, click here.