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Indigenous-led scholarship

At the University of Victoria, we are learning, listening and nourishing a community in which Indigenous knowledge systems and worldviews are valued and centred throughout our scholarly and artistic practice.

We are home to eminent Indigenous scholars. They lead us and the world in Indigenous law, governance, health, language revitalization, community resurgence, art and reconciliation. Their work addresses matters of crucial importance to communities.

Indigenous Nations, communities, collectives and organizations also have established research relationships with non-Indigenous researchers on significant issues.

At the University of Victoria, we are committed to understanding the history of Indigenous people in Canada and to a future that embraces the common wisdom and teachings of Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers. 

Qwul'sih'yah'maht (Robina Thomas), AVP Indigenous

Painting by Dr. Val Napoleon

Indigenous law

UVic is internationally recognized for its scholarship in the field of Indigenous Law and Indigenous Rights. We are home to the first Indigenous law program in the world and no other law school in Canada has more Indigenous tenure-track faculty. Our Indigenous Law Research Unit (ILRU) was the first dedicated research centre on Indigenous law in Canada.

indigenous woman giving speech at First People House

Indigenous governance

UVic's Indigenous Governance program contributes to the resurgence of Indigenous forms of leadership. The program support the efforts of Indigenous nations to restore their land bases and ensure respect for inherent treaty rights.

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Indigenous language revitalization

For over 45 years, UVic has been a leader in supporting local and national Indigenous language revitalization efforts. We work closely with Indigenous organizations, Elders, community-based researchers, community language experts and educators.

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Indigenous well-being

The Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE) promotes Indigenous well-being. CIRCLE promotes relevant and ethical research that addresses the disparities Indigenous Peoples experience.

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Indigenous entrepreneurship

The National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development (NCIED) fosters Indigenous economic development. NCIED aims to advance Indigenous economic innovation and economic health throughout Canada.

See more videos from our Indigenous research playlist on YouTube.

Open Exhibit on Indigenous cultural tattooing

Exhibit on Indigenous cultural tattooing

A visiting exhibit at Legacy Downtown frames the reawakening of Indigenous tattooing and explores the cultural resurgence and significance. Also featured is a film by alumna Asia Goodman.

Open New UVic research chairs

New UVic research chairs

New UVic Canada Research Chairs focus on Indigenous law, renewable energy research, substance use policy and marine fisheries adaptation.

Open Day in the Life: Ruth Parrish

Day in the Life: Ruth Parrish

From Haida Gwaii to the University of Victoria, Ruth Parrish’s work as an administrative assistant for the Indigenous Studies program is informed by her own journey to reconnect with her Haida roots.

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