Master of arts in Indigenous governance (MAIG)

The Indigenous Governance program is not available for the 2019/20 school year. Applicants seeking entrance to the program are invited to contact an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies about alternative academic programming.

The Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance (MAIG) is an multi-disciplinary program focused on traditional structures and ways of governance and encompassing the values, perspectives, concepts, and principles of Indigenous political cultures.

Through teaching and research that respects both western and Indigenous traditions, methods, and forms of knowledge, students are provided with a strong foundation of basic and applied scholarly research with an emphasis on the nature and context of Indigenous governance and Indigenous-State relations in Canada and internationally.

With faculty specializing in areas of Indigenous governance and history, political mobilization, global Indigenous rights, knowledge recovery, and Indigenous women and resistance, the program provides a broad curriculum that highlights traditional social and political thought and encourages a critical analysis of Indigenous-Settler relations and strategies for decolonization.

Students will gain an understanding of the philosophical and political dimensions of governance in Indigenous communities, as well as a background in the theory, methods, and tools appropriate for and relevant to research among Indigenous people. The program aspires to educate students who are grounded in a diverse body of knowledge to assume leadership and policy-making roles, or to continue their academic careers in a variety of fields including Political Science, History, or Native Studies.

The MAIG is designed to be completed in 18-24 months, though it is possible to complete in one calendar year (three terms).

For background literature in the field of Indigenous governance, please see recommended readings.