Department of Native Studies
Graduate Chair: Dr. Winona Wheeler
Graduate Secretary: Michelle Jarvin
Phone: (306) 966-6209Department of Native StudiesUniversity of Saskatchewan142 Kirk Hall, 117 Science PlaceSaskatoon, 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.
M. A. Student
M. A. Student
From its multi-disciplinary foundation, Native Studies is progressively acquiring an independent and unique basis for its teaching and research. The Department of Native 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 Native 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 Native 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 Native 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 Native 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.
The Master's program in Native Studies emphasizes the production of knowledge and establishment of relationships with Native communities through research. Native studies students receive education and training that will enable them to be sensitive to the needs of Native communities. The Department of Native Studies strives to achieve a balance of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students educated and trained in the skills required to conduct competent research on issues in demand in Native communities.