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Department of Indigenous Studies


University Catalogue


Graduate Chair: Adam Gaudry

Graduate Secretary: Michelle Jarvin

Phone: (306) 966-6209

Department of Indigenous Studies
University of Saskatchewan
142 Kirk Hall, 117 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK CAN   S7N 5C8

I was born and raised in Saskatoon, with the exception of spending a few of my school years in Ontario. Both my parents are from the eastern Canada, which meant a lot of traveling for me as a child. Although I am from Saskatchewan, my ancestry comes from Eastern Canada, on my paternal side, I am Acadian and Mi'kmaq. On my maternal side my ancestry is Scottish, Irish, and Metis. In April of 2006, I graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Double Honours degree in Native Studies and History. My master's work involves studying relationships between different colonial powers and Indigenous peoples and their Indigenous rights, which resulted from the relationship. It is my understanding that Indigenous rights vary according to who the colonial influence was and I would like to examine the advancement of rights according to colonial rule, seeing which colonial power best facilitates the development and growth of Indigenous peoples and Indigenous rights.

Rebecca Major
M. A. Student

Tan'si. I am a member of the Frog Lake Cree Nation. Inter alia, I am a father to Kingston, Dominic, Colton, Nikie, Brandi, Coco, Caylo, Tyler, Hailey, Joanne, and twin boys, Albert and William. My parents, Angeline and William, are very supportive of my current educational endeavour. I obtained an undergraduate Honors Degree in Native Studies and Political Science from the University of Alberta (2001). Fluent in the Plains Cree language and a ceremonialist in the Sundance tradition, I am now undertaking graduate work in the emergent discipline of Native/Indigenous studies. The primary inquiry is manifold yet specific; that is, to examine varied First Nation communities and thus develop a profile - based on comparative and contrast analyses - on the financially sound tribal government structures and conditions versus systems that do not possess these characteristics. Ultimately, its contribution will be the examination, identification, and the cause-effect relationships of raw conditions in which make a First Nation financially sustainable or not. Ekosi.

Albert Berland
M. A. Student

Indigenous Studies

From its multi-disciplinary foundation, Indigenous Studies is progressively acquiring an independent and unique basis for its teaching and research. The Department of Indigenous Studies seeks to provide an intellectual milieu where teaching and research are well grounded in the priorities and knowledge of Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal communities, all the while placing them within the larger fabric of the Canadian Aboriginal experience and the emergent global, social phenomenon of indigeneity. Researchers and students in Indigenous Studies explore and seek to understand the fundamental nature of Aboriginal society. As a centre of academic inquiry based on sound pedagogical and research principles, the Department of Indigenous Studies strives to develop more expansive and innovative views on Indigenous Knowledge.

In addition to the M.A., a Ph.D. program is available on a special case basis.


Standard Graduate Studies Application plus:

A two-page statement outlining your proposed area of research. Include a summary of your research plan; the Indigenous Studies faculty member that you would like to supervise your project and the reasons why you want them as a supervisor; other potential committee members in the Department of Indigenous Studies or at the University of Saskatchewan; graduate courses that you plan to enroll in; and, financial support that you have (or plan to) apply for.


Applications are due by February 1 for the following academic year, which begins in September.


For admission and degree requirements, please see  the University Catalogue.

M.A. +


  • B.A Honours degree in Indigenous Studies or equivalent
  • A minimum scholastic standing of 70% cumulative weighed average in the last 60 credit units (or equivalent).
  • Students from allied social science or humanities areas, or from other fields where there has been a focus on Native peoples, will also be considered
  • Language Proficiency Requirements: For International applicants whose first language is not English, English language proficiency is required as per College of Graduate Studies and Research Regulations (TOEFL score of 80 or IELTS score of 6.0).