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Tansi, Auneen, Sekon, Kwey, Boojhoo, Oki, Welcome, Bonjour, Bienvenido, Me'taleyn!

The Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research would like to welcome you to our virtual home on the web. We are a Centre that exists within Athabasca University to address and achieve the following goals:

  • meet the academic needs of Indigenous STUDENTS, scholars, nations, communities, institutions and organisations
  • improve the development and delivery of Indigenous Education at Athabasca University
  • strengthen the research undertaken for, by and about First Nation, Metis and Inuit people at Athabasca University
  • acknowledge and develop the role of traditional knowledge in academic settings; and
  • support, protect and preserve Indigenous Knowledge, Education and oral traditions

The Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research would like to thank you for stopping by to our newly redesigned web page. If you have any questions or inquiries our staff would be more than happy to assist you.

Phone: 1-800-788-9041 ext. 2064

" ...when you got the heart of a person...."

Something about the human spirit and struggle as experienced in South Africa.

Could LOVE be the foundation of resistance, violence and chaos in society; is love the basis of the indigenous struggle?  I, for one, think love for something does not necessarily translate into violence, but indifference from those running the show does create anger.   This is philosophical inquiry at its best!

(I am sure the old guy at the end of the video well, he's got to be a philosopher! )

The Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies (CIS) is an interdisciplinary research unit for Indigenous critical theory and politics, arts research, and applied social practice within the humanities and social sciences at UBC. It hosts First Nations and Indigenous Studies (FNIS) and the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program (FNEL). In addition to providing institutional support for undergraduate and graduate education and a home for visiting scholars in the field and Indigenous artists, CIS fosters ethical research practices and meaningful partnerships with communities that further the social and political health, capacity, and selfdetermination of Indigenous peoples locally and globally.

Social Justice and Peace Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program committed to experiential education and inspired by the Catholic Social Teaching tradition. It encourages critical reflection on oppression and injustice, locally and globally, and it examines theoretical and practical approaches to justice and peace.  It calls students to social action that transforms the world in the interests of human dignity, equality, sustainability, and peace.

The Vision

A world in which research involving Indigenous peoples begins always with respectful community engagement and proceeds in accordance with the highest ethical principles, fostering the growth of mutually beneficial partnerships that, in the spirit of reciprocity, benefit communities, participants, researchers and society. Reconciliation focuses on how we can live well together and that means building relationships based on trust and respect.

The Mission

The Carleton University Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples is an ethical and safe space that builds bridges among scholars, communities and their Research Ethics Boards and others. It is a dynamic hub of collaboration and awareness that provides training for the responsible conduct of research, with particular focus and responsiveness to the needs of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples in Canada. The Carleton University Institute on the Ethics of Research with Indigenous Peoples is an important manifestation of the spirit and content of Carleton University’s Strategic Integrated Plan and Aboriginal Coordinated Strategy.

The Faculty of Arts acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community. As the University of Alberta works toward respectful and meaningful reconciliation, the Faculty of Arts is continuing and expanding its commitment to Indigenous research, teaching & learning, community engagement and language revitalization. In support of these initiatives, the Faculty of Arts is pleased to announce the following events, workshops and lectures:  

Social Philosophy

We create collaborative and innovative learning communities within correctional settings.  Inspired by the U.S. Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, W2B courses bring together incarcerated/criminalized students and students enrolled at colleges/universities to study together for semester long for-credit courses. To date, 24 W2B courses have been offered in Canada. The National Program Hub is located in The Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener, ON.


It is within the parameters of philosophy to inquire into the nature of a "people-hood" or "cultural group".  Our own struggle as indigenous people to reclaim our lives, lands and resources is very much teaching point in the indestructible nature of  the "us" in regards to "them".  Yet Canada tries to suppress the hearts of the Quebecois in their desire to find an authentic goal which pulls together a peoples' history, land connection and spirit-heart in the nation-state context of Canada.

Canada continues to miss the mark on finding ways to welcome Quebeckers to Confederation; they continue to offer economic and political solutions without addressing the heart and soul of Quebeckers to be themselves; and they cannot be Quebeckers in Canada in all authenticity.  Existing in Canada involves a compromise and sell-out of the roots of New France, the Metis and the French experience as survival in Canada, what kind of con-federation is that?

Red Crow, (Floyd Westerman) talks of the spirit of a peoples' struggle in regards to the Irish struggle, beautiful and philosophical insights into the nature of resistance.  Gilles Vigneault identifies the spirit of the Quebecois in his song "Gens de Pays" .  Is love the foundation of resistance?  

As an member of an Algonquin band in Quebec, but one who has lived from birth on the West Coast I can say that both our people and our brothers and sisters who are Quebecois have the common struggle of maintaining ourselves in Canada while trying to find ways of being friends with Canadians who struggle on a daily basis like us to survive in this global and capitalist world.  Quebeckers and Indigenous people are not isolationist; we acknowlege and participate in the global community, but full participation does not come from being part of Canada, while that is a part of it our full participation and contribution comes from who we are; hence the love for something directly (our mutual struggles) leads indirectly to a love for global issues and human kind.  Our best contribution does not come from conforming but by being.  

Within Quebec, Indigenous peoples and the Quebecois have to find ways to treat each other fairly in the land we share and some call Quebec.  In Quebec, we do have one advantage and that was the practice of inter-cultural marriages encouraged by New France, a majority of Quebecois are also part Indigenous, hence a common foundation in which to build a relationship together.  Lesvesque said as much in the 1970s, Bouchard talked about sovereignty association and while he did not like our counter-claims to the separatist movement (Matthew Coon Come, Cree) we recognize our common heritage together.  

Together, we will inquire into the following questions:

·     What does it mean to indigenize higher education?

·     What does an indigenized university look like?

·     What are the benefits of indigenization?

·     How can I indigenize my curriculum?

·     Why does indigenization matter?