McMaster Launches Indigenous Research Institute

Indigenous knowledge is valid scientific knowledge.

That is the core value of a new institute at McMaster University dedicated to advancing indigenous research.                                                                                                                                                                                   

The facility, which launched in January, is made up of seven indigenous faculty members who teach at the university across multiple disciplines and a research co-ordinator.

Their main goal is to lead and inform indigenous research, including offering summer scholarships for undergraduate students, but also to partner with other centres, institutions and academics beyond the campus.             

The formation of the institute comes at a "critical time" for indigenous people, said Gabel, noting the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.