School of Indigenous Governance

IGOV students honour Songhees tradition

Indigenous Governance (IGOV) students started off their term in a good way, arriving by canoe at the Songhees Nation and asking for permission to live, study and work in their territory.

IGOV students honour Songhees tradition

IGOV grad pushes for inclusive future in academia

Michael Chutskoff embraces multiple identities. They dream of a future where people like them—an Indigenous, queer, neurodivergent and two-spirit person—can flourish in academia.

IGOV grad pushes for inclusive future
Jasmine Feather Dionne

IGOV alumna named Trudeau scholar

PhD student Jasmine Dionne received a $180,000 Trudeau scholarship for her work with the Cree, Metis, Chipewyan and Dene community of Saka Wiyiniwak to reimplement Indigenous legal principles addressing gender violence.

Dionne addresses gender violence
Erynne Gilpin. Photo: Janelle Paciencia

IGOV PhD alum one of top 25 SSHRC storyteller

Erynne Gilpin named one of the top 25 SSHRC “Storytellers” in an annual competition celebrating the best in research communication by post-secondary students.

Erynne Gilpin on Indigenous leadership

Locally Responsive, Indigenous Centered, Globally Recognized

Our vision

The School of Indigenous Governance is Canada’s leading school for the advancement of Indigenous knowledges, creativity, and activism. Our graduate programs support the training and education of future Indigenous leaders through innovative models of governance and nationhood that draw inspiration from Indigenous ways of knowing and learning, community-based research practices, and intersectional, critical, and Indigenous feminist approaches.


We acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.