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The Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages


The Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages (CIKL) is an interdisciplinary research centre that supports Indigenous and decolonizing scholarship. Bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, we aim to facilitate knowledge that re-centres Indigenous knowledges, languages, practices and ways of being.

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Featured Lecture Recordings

Edward Doolittle | Indigenous Maths, Global Math, and Indigenizing Mathematics

Sponsored by York University’s Faculty of Science, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and the Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages.

Don Davies | Amplifying Indigenous Voices in Dementia Caregivers

Part of CIKL's Research Seminar series 2022-2023.


Oct 24, 2022
The Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages is excited to announce a new Indigenous Assistant Professor opportunity in the Sociology department at York University's Glendon College to start July 1, 2023. We would like to enthusiastically encourage qualified individuals to apply by December 1, 2022. The application details are available in English or French and can be found at YorkU.ca

Sept 22, 2022
Check out the many events taking place for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept 30, 2022. CIKL is co-sponsoring a talk on Sept 29 with Professor Paulette Steeves, “Reclaiming and Rewriting Indigenous Histories of the Western Hemisphere (the Americas).” To read more about what is going on at York University, see this YorkU page.

Aug 9, 2022
Today is the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. This year we are called to celebrate and reclaim the role of Indigenous women in preserving and sharing traditional knowledge. Learn more about it here. Also, check out a recent event we hosted titled "Indigenous Perspectives on Planetary Healing" co-hosted with the Dahdaleh Institute, in partnership with CIFAL York. Presentations by Dr. Lewis Williams and Dr. Nicole Redvers. Check out the video here.

June 17, 2022
We are pleased to share that Ruth Green has been appointed Special Advisor to the Dean of LA&PS on Indigenous Issues. Professor Green’s term will begin July 1, 2022 and will continue until August 31, 2023. In this role she will advise the Dean’s Office on ways in which to address the impact and histories of systematic barriers experienced by Indigenous peoples in our community.

June 10, 2022
Congratulations to Susan D. Dion for the publication of her new book, Braided Learning: Illuminating Indigenous Presence through Art and Story. The book will be officially launched on June 27, 5-7PM at the TDSB Urban Indigenous Education Centre inToronto. The event will include refreshments, readings and a book signing.
You can pre-order and learn more about the book here.

May 30, 2022
Congratulations to Dr. Sean Hillier (Project Lead) and Dr. Jessica Vorstermans (Co-Lead) for receiving the YorkU Academic Innovation Project Grant for "musigungete'get aq nigweng: ‘Cultivating & Growing’ the Next Generation." The grant will support the creation of a medicine and food garden that will bring together our faculty and students with Indigenous community organizations and members to ground classroom theory and content with concrete experiences of Indigenous ways of knowing and being.

May 1, 2022
"There is something happening beneath our feet," Angele Alook spoke on the water crisis in First Nation Communities in World Water Day: A Solutions-Driven Workshop on Climate Impacts on Freshwater co-hosted by CIFAL York and the Office of the Provost, in partnership with the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, York University. Read more about this event that brought together scholars from across YorkU.

April 28, 2022
A team of researchers have received the Government of Canada's New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) to develop and test a decolonized research strategy integrating legal and policy analysis with research creation. Members of the project include CIKL Associates Deborah McGregor, Angele Alook, Elaine Coburn, and Jeffrey Hewitt. Read more about the project.

April 27, 2022
‘A Treaty Guide for Torontonians” created by the Talking Treaties Collective: Ange Loft, Victoria Freeman, Martha Stiegman, and Jill Carter is now available for pre-order. Congratulations to CIKL Associates Martha Stiegman and Alan Corbiere on being part of this exciting project.
You can pre-order and learn more about the book here.

April 19, 2022
The York University Research Awards Celebration recognizes the contributions of researchers from all faculties and schools. A special congrats to CIKL members: Dr. Alan Corbiere (CRC), Dr. Sean Hillier (York Research Chair), Dr. Lisa Myers (York Research Chair), and Dr. Ruth Green (Knowledge Mobilization & Impact).

April 14, 2022
We are looking for an Indigenous Postdoctoral Researcher! The aim of the Fellowship is to support a scholar who self-identifies as Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, or Métis) as they transition from earning the PhD to beginning a career (see Eligibility, below). For more information see our webpage. Deadline is May 2, 2022.

April 8, 2022
We are hiring summer undergraduate students through the Workstudy and RAY programs. Check out our page for more information on the positions available. These paid positions offer the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, learn new skills and contribute to the furthering of Indigenous research at the university.

April 8, 2022
The Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage (MICH) project, led by Dr. Anna Hudson in the Visual Arts Department at YorkU aims to further a dialogue on the arts and research communities. The project connects Inuit art and the community and can be viewed here: https://mich.info.yorku.ca/

March 12, 2022
Dr. Angele Alook released Pikopaywin: It's Broken, a documentary film featuring stories on the land, Indigenous traditional land users, environmental officers and elders on the effects of climate change, fuel and forestry industries on the traditional Treaty 8 territory. The film explores these major changes, and the steps to create a future for the Bigstone Cree Nation in Treaty 8 territory.

March 11, 2022
Congratulations to Dr. Kenzie Allen for being selected as a Fellow by the Indigenous Nations Poets to participate in the National Poetry Organization's Inaugural Retreat. These poets come from a diverse combination of Indigenous and Native Nations backgrounds and reflect numerous poetic styles and interests. This retreat focuses on crafts, workshops and an introduction to the collections of the LOC and NMAI, with a focus on Indigenous values, aesthetic and language.

March 3, 2022
During the 6th Annual Lands, Resources and Economic Development Forum: Kina-Gego-Naabadosin - Everything is Connected, Dr. Alan Corbiere, shared a teaching on the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt. The Forum was mainly focused on climate change as leaders sought consultations on a Net-Zero future.

Campus image, YokrU on a rock

February 23, 2022
Upcoming application deadline for York University's Postdoctoral Fellowships for Black and Indigenous scholars. This program was created to address under-representation of Black and Indigenous scholars in many disciplines and fields of research and associated careers. Applications are due March 1.

People holding hards

February 21, 2022
In honor of International Mother Language Day, we consider the importance of language in how we care for others, make meaningful connections and form community. First celebrated in 2000, the day takes place every year on Feb 21st.

Image of Brock Pitawanakwat

February 16, 2022
Congratulations to Dr. Brock Pitawanakwat for his appointment as Associate Director at CIKL. He joins Dr. Deborah McGregor (Director) and Dr. Sean Hiller (Associate Director) as the core leadership team.

Path in a green field

February 10, 2022
An upcoming event hosted by the EUC and CIKL brings in Margaret Sault, acting director of intergovernmental affairs for the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation to discuss the "So-called Toronto Purchase."

Image of Susan Dion

January 19, 2022
Congratulations to Professor and AVP Indigenous initiatives Dr. Susan Dion on being awarded the 2021 F.E.L. Priestly Prize of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE).

Order of Canada medals

January 18, 2022
York community members receive the prestigious Order of Canada. Among them are three strong advocates for reconciliation and Indigenous community support: The Honourable Murray Sinclair, Victoria Grant, and Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.

Button saying research

December 15, 2021
CIKL director, Dr. Deborah McGregor, along with Dr. Angele Alook (LA&PS) have received a Catalyzing Interdisciplinary Research Clusters (CIRC) grant for their work on Indigenous Climate Leadership and Self-Determined Futures.

Image of Ruth Green

December 14, 2021
Congratulations to Dr. Ruth Green for receiving the Mino Bimaadiziwin Award for her contributions to the well-being and advancement of the Urban Indigenous Community of Toronto.

Kaneff tower at York Campus

December 7, 2021
Insights from "A Disproportionate Burden COVID-19 labour market impacts on Indigenous and racialized workers in Canada," co-authored by Dr. Angele Alook, is featured in the Toronto Star.

Tapestry with flowers

September 21, 2021
York University has launched a new organized research unit (ORU) that is the first at the University to focus on Indigenous and decolonizing scholarship.


Publication Spotlight

The Royal Society of Canada recently published a policy briefing with the assistance of Deborah McGregor with important contributions to the Chapter on Social Inequities and Determinants from a One Health perspective. The work of Sean Hillier was critical to the research involving One Health. York Research Assistants Casey Bas, Keshbir Brar and Natasha Verhoeff were also involved in providing research support.