Indigenous Studies


A minor in Indigenous studies at McGill provides you with a broad interdisciplinary approach to central topics in the historical, social, and cultural dimensions of Indigenous life on Turtle Island (North America).  

The core courses offered in the program focus on engaging with Indigenous knowledge systems and societies in ways that promote the resurgence of these systems. The program also places an emphasis on the field of Indigenous Studies’ distinct methodologies, expectations, and reciprocity in the program's Indigenous community partnerships.  

The program has been an essential site of Indigenous community engagement and outreach. By organizing and sponsoring public events, community outreach projects and bringing visitors to McGill through the annual Indigenous Knowledge Holder Series, the program serves as a keystone for Indigenous initiative and community building on campus.  


An Indigenous Studies minor provides a highly insightful perspective to any academic or professional path.  It demonstrates your interest in learning about other cultures and belief systems.  

Your degree could lead to further studies or professional work as: 

  • Archivist 
  • Community Advocate 
  • Government Agency Worker 
  • Heritage Program Coordinator  
  • Lawyer 

Ceremonial circle on Lower Campus

Student Experience

The Mellon Indigenous Studies and Community Engagement Initiative (ISCEI) is designed to build and expand on existing Indigenous initiatives both on and off campus. Awards are available to support off-campus travel that contributes to Indigenous research and community engagement. It supports travel for Indigenous students who wish to pursue professional development, and travel for any McGill students to work on advancing Indigenous Studies and community engagement research, projects and initiatives.  

Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Arts.

See the full eligibility information for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application. 

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