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McGill offers several programs with Indigenous-focused content. The University seeks to work with students, faculty, staff, and communities to develop respectful ways of sharing knowledge, and of providing flexible in-community learning options for students.

Working Together

Since 2012, McGill University has been offering customized certificate programs in partnership with Indigenous communities and that are offered online. 

The Office of First Nations and Inuit Education (OFNIE)'s programs are offered on a community basis with the following partners:

  • Naskapi Education Committee
  • Listuguj Education Directorate
  • Ahkwesàhsne Mohawk Board of Education, Kativik School Board
  • Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, Nunavut Arctic College, Cree School Board
  • Cree Nation of Chisasibi
  • Kahnawà:ke Education Centre

The School of Continuing Studies offers community-based programs with the following partners:

  • Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay
  • Apatisiiwin Skills Development
  • Isuarsivik Recovery Centre
  • Cree Nation Government
  • Makivik Corporation
  • Cree Nation of Mistissini
  • Kahnà:wake Education Centre
  • Kahnà:wake Economic Development Commission (Tewatohnhi’saktha)

McGill also offers many courses with Indigenous-focused content on campus, in areas including law, political science, history, and more. 

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In-community Programs

Office for First Nations and Inuit Education (OFNIE)

The Office of First Nations and Inuit Education (OFNIE) designs, develops, and administers programs that are offered in First Nations and Inuit communities for First Nations and Inuit teachers and aspiring teachers. OFNIE works in partnership with First Nations and Inuit education authorities throughout Quebec – namely, the Kativik Ilisarniliriniq, the Cree School Board, the Kahnawà:ke Education Centre, and the Listuguj Education Directorate – to deliver community-based teacher certification and professional development programs.

Learn more about OFNIE

School of Continuing Studies - Indigenous-Specific Programs

 Watch Online Certificate and Diploma in Public Administration and Governance

On-campus Programs

Indigenous Studies Program (ISP)

The Indigenous Studies Program is currently a minor program in the Faculty of Arts. ISP provides students with a broad interdisciplinary perspective on key issues relating to the historical, social and cultural dimensions of Indigenous life in Canada. The program focuses on the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, Indigenous art and culture, experiences of Indigeneity and gender, and the legacy of Indigenous resistance to the Canadian state. ISP is also involved in organizing outreach and events.

Learn more about the Indigenous Studies Program

Learn more about the $1.25 million Mellon Grant which supports the Indigenous Studies and Community Engagement Initiative (ISCEI)

Indigenous Health Professions Program (IHPP)

The Indigenous Health Professions Program is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. It aims to train more Indigenous healthcare professionals, and to educate all healthcare workers about Indigenous peoples' health needs.

Learn more about IHPP

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