The School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies is centred on a shared commitment to engaging with the history, the ongoing legacies and the enduring structures and practices of capitalist heteropatriarchal settler colonial violence in Canada, and fosters new directions for Indigenous thought that impacts all of us, especially Indigenous, racialized, dis/abled and non-normatively gendered peoples. In our departmental interactions as well as in our teaching and our research, we seek to create a welcoming space of listening and of mindful, mutually respectful and generous dialogue. Building on the momentum developed since 2016, when the Unit was formally recognized as the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies, we have established priorities over the next five years including but not limited to:
- Continuing the growth of programs and scholarship in Indigenous Studies, Canadian Studies and Heritage Conservation;
- Exploring opportunities to develop graduate level Indigenous studies programs;
- Formalizing the School’s commitment to non-traditional and inclusive teaching and research practices;
- Fostering and expanding our local, national and international research and academic programs; and,
- Continuing SICS’s long-term commitments to interdisciplinary research, and to the development and diversification of the School’s established and emerging faculty.