Academic Staff

Professor Noelani Arista

Director, Indigenous Studies Program & Associate Professor, Department of History and Classical Studies

Leacock Building, Room 626
855 Sherbrook Street W.
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T7
E-Mail: noelani.arista [at]

Research Areas

19th Century U.S. History; Pre-Contact – 19th century Hawaiian legal and intellectual history, governance; Indigenous knowledge organization systems, epistemology and methodology; Indigenous language archives and translation; Indigenous AI & ethics; Colonial and Indigenous history and historiography; Indigenous law and ethical systems.


Noelani Arista (Kanaka Maoli – Hawaiian) born in Honolulu, Oʻahu. She is the Director of the Indigenous Studies Program at McGill University and an Associate Professor in the History and Classical Studies Department. Her research interests include Hawaiian governance and law; Hawaiian intellectual history and historiography; colonialism and missionization; Indigenous language archives; traditional knowledge organization; and information literacy. Arista seeks to utilize artificial intelligence and machine learning to apply traditional modes of organizing Hawaiian knowledge in Hawaiian language textual and oral sources to increase community access to ʻike Hawaiʻi, and to provide useful models for scholars working in their own indigenous language source base.

Arista is the author of the award-winning book, The Kingdom and the Republic: Sovereign Hawaiʻi and the Early United States (2019), which details Native Hawaiians’ experience of encounter and colonialism in the early nineteenth century. Drawing upon previously unused Hawaiian language documents, this history addresses native political formation, the creation of published indigenous law, and supplies Hawaiian accounts of encounters with missionaries and traders, The Kingdom and the Republic reconfigures familiar colonial histories of trade, proselytization, and negotiations over law and governance in Hawai’i.

Currently, Arista seeks to create pathways into digital territory, considering questions about how to secure traditional Hawaiian systems of knowledge—and further moʻo ʻōlelo through various digital mediums, including game play and archives organization. She is the creator of the Facebook group 365 days of aloha, which supplies followers with a Hawaiian word, translations of songs or chants, and images to facilitate encounters with deeper Hawaiian currents of knowledge, which was reinvigorated in 2020.


Professor Jimena Márquez

Faculty Lecturer, Indigenous Studies Program

Ferrier 102
840 ave du Docteur-Penfield
Montreal, Quebec H3A 0G2
E-Mail: jimena.marquez [at]


Jimena Márquez was born and raised in Mexico City. She came to Canada in 1998 to pursue her undergraduate education at McGill University. For her master’s research, Jimena Marquez worked closely with the Wixarika people (Huichol) of Tatei’kie, looking specifically at the recent transformations of Semana Santa rituals. In 2022, she obtained her PhD in Education (University of Ottawa). Her doctoral research centers on Indigenous Epistemologies and Methodologies within Canadian scholarship and discusses the crucial role that positionality plays in Canadian Indigenous research. Her current research interests revolve around culturally relevant Indigenous education, Indigenous healing traditions and Indigenous research methodologies.

Courses Fall 2022:

INDG202: Topics in Indigenous Studies: Indigenous Healing Traditions.

INDG420: Indigenous Food Sovereignty.

Courses Winter & Summer 2023:

INDG202: Topics in Indigenous Studies: Indigenous Education.

INDG450: Land-Based Education Field Course.

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