CIKL is the first Organized Research Unit at York University centred on Indigenous and decolonizing scholarship, and hosts Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers and students engaged in these areas.
Our aim is to facilitate knowledge that re-centres Indigenous knowledges, languages, practices and ways of being. The Centre supports research involving both traditional and contemporary knowledges, as care-taken, shared and created by Indigenous scholars located in the University and Indigenous knowledge holders from communities.
The Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages is led by Inaugural Director, Professor Deborah McGregor and Associate Directors, Professor Sean Hillier and Professor Brock Pitawanakwat.
Connect with us to learn about upcoming events, research and opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.