Centre for Indigenous Scholarship

Centre for Indigenous Scholarship
Vice-Dean Indigenous
College of Arts & Science 

The Centre for Indigenous Scholarship (CIS) has been written into the College “Think Big-Be Bold: Arts & Science 2025” plan. This document is the preliminary structure of the future CIS. While envisioning this Centre and including some of the work that has been done prior to the newly hired Vice-Dean Indigenous and following goal #4 from the college plan, this document serves as the beginning vision of the future Centre for Indigenous Research. 

Think Big-Be Bold: Arts & Science 2025

Goal #4: Establish a Centre for Indigenous Scholarship


To fulfill our commitment to share our teaching and learning as well as our research, scholarly, and artistic work with our community; to develop and promote strong, permanent relationships with our community; and to pursue knowledge mobilization in our scholarship, the College of Arts and Science will establish a research Centre to address these objectives:

  • Create a centre to support all aspects of Indigenizing Indigenous RSAW, driven by community input
  • Pursue a deep understanding of Indigenous peoples, settlers and immigrants, the cultural diversity, the connections, and the economies on this land
  • Participate in collaborative Tri-Agency research programs that directly or indirectly contribute to Reconciliation and decolonization

Strategic Initiatives

The College of Arts and Science will establish a Centre for Indigenous Scholarship with the mandate to be the focal point for community-driven research in the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts that directly benefit Indigenous people and communities. The Centre will be an interdisciplinary space to foster collaboration, offer a flagship graduate student scholarship and mentorship program, provide incentives for Indigenous research, and attract visiting scholars from around the world.