The Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages (CIKL) is a network of interdisciplinary researchers focused on advancing Indigenous and decolonizing scholarship. We support research involving both traditional and contemporary knowledge, as care-taken, shared, and created by scholars located in the university and Indigenous knowledge holders from the community. Membership in CIKL is determined by the Executive Committee.
Research Associates are part-time, full-time or emeritus faculty members at York University, or elsewhere, or senior (non-student) researchers not affiliated with a university. They are engaged in research in the field and are expected to participate in the research and intellectual life of the Centre. Research Associates can submit and administer research grants through the Centre, and/or can participate in a research project and in organizing workshops and conferences. Membership is by invitation or application for a two-year term.
Graduate Associates are graduate students at York University, or elsewhere, whose program of learning and research intersects with Indigenous or decolonizing topics and who wish to participate in the activities of CIKL. Membership is by application for a two-year term or until the student is no longer formally enrolled at York University, whichever comes first. Graduate Assistants/Research Assistants employed either directly by CIKL or working on CIKL projects are automatically included as members of CIKL, subject to verification by the Executive Committee.
Undergraduate Associates are undergraduate students who are employed in CIKL projects or under the supervision of a CIKL member. They can be students at York University or at another university. In each case, membership status is automatic, subject to verification by the Director.
Community Associates are activists, teachers, public officials, York University staff, or senior (non-student) researchers not affiliated with a university whose activities (work or non-work) relate substantively to the research aims of CIKL. This membership category recognizes the important contributions community activists, artists and public intellectuals make to the on-going scholarly life of the Centre. Membership is by invitation or application for a two-year term.
Visiting Associates are full-time or emeritus faculty members at another university or senior (non-student) researchers not affiliated with a university who would like to be located at York University for a temporary period. These researchers are engaged in research in the field and are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the Centre while associated with the Centre. CIKL visitors include Visiting Post-Doctoral Scholars with recent Ph.D.s who would like to be associated with the Centre for a limited time period and also Visiting Graduate Students who are enrolled at another university and visiting York University though an international exchange. Appointments are made by the Executive Committee for specified periods, using criteria approved by Executive Committee.
The benefits of being an Associate member of CIKL include:
- Being part of a community of likeminded scholars, researchers, and community leaders
- Assistance in putting together research applications
- Administrative support for projects and events run through CIKL
- Promotion of events and workshops on Indigenous topics (regardless of which department is hosting the event)
- A central place to house and promote your research (e.g. YorkSpace hub)
We are excited that you are interested in joining us. CIKL membership is determined by the Executive Committee, for a duration of either two years or continued enrollment, employment or project term.
Please see our membership options above prior to filling in the application form. Upon receipt, the CIKL Executive Committee will discuss your application and contact you.
If you prefer to fill in a word document please download the form below and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.