Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

The premiere international & interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies.


Position: Indigenous Student Advisor (APC)

Department: Student Services

Salary: $47,807 - $61,609 (Group 4)


Founded in 1802, Saint Mary’s University is one of Canada’s oldest and leading institutions of higher learning and has evolved into a vibrant and engaged community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni from more than 100 countries around the world. Saint Mary’s University, which sits upon Mi’kmaq’i – unceded traditional Mi’kmaq territory, is home to one of Canada’s leading business schools, a Science Faculty widely known for its cuttingedge research, a comprehensive and innovative Arts Faculty, and a vibrant Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Under the direction of the Senior Director of Student Services, the Indigenous Student Advisor is responsible for supporting and engaging Indigenous students at Saint Mary’s University. As the Indigenous Student Advisor, you will be empowered to develop programming and services for Indigenous students; make connections with other areas of the University to facilitate Indigenous students’ transition into University; and to develop culturally respectful programming to engage Indigenous students in university life throughout their university years.

The Indigenous Student Advisor duties will include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Establish professional personal relationships with students to foster trust and understanding.
  • Support students who are struggling with university transitional issues of coming to university.
  • Identify, support and refer students who are in distress to resources on and off campus.
  • Identify and assist students applying for various external funding opportunities and scholarships.
  • Advise and support students in understanding and following University academic and non-academic policies.
  • Plan, promote, implement and evaluate an Indigenous student orientation and welcoming program.
  • Connect students to various services available at Saint Mary’s including, but not limited to, Counselling, Student Health Services, Fred Smithers Centre, Residence Life, Career Services, Academic Advisors, Service Centre, etc.
  • Develop and promote ways in which Indigenous students can avail of the Co-Curricular Record.
  • Continue to develop culturally reflective events such as Mawio’mis, graduation events for Indigenous students and other events and activities that recognize and celebrate Indigenous peoples.
  •  Develop an Elders Program for Indigenous students.
  •  Develop programming to allow Indigenous students to build a sense of community by facilitating events for students to get to know one another as well as faculty, staff and other non-Indigenous students.
  •  Develop peer support programming such as a peer mentorship program and coordinating peer-tutoring opportunities as appropriate. Such programming will involve promotion, screening, training and coordination of students participating in these programs as well as on-going assessment.


  • Work collaboratively with the Admissions Office in promoting the Indigenous student experience at Saint Mary’s.  
  • Conduct frequent assessments of programming and events, as well as trend analysis and needs assessments. The position will be expected to create ample dialogue to ensure students feel their voices are heard.
  • Develop programs and services in consultation with an Indigenous Student Services Advisory committee consisting of Indigenous student representation, faculty, staff and administration representatives, as well as external representatives connected to Indigenous culture, organizations, and relevant provincial bodies, as appropriate. 
  •  Participate in committees and provincial/national initiatives that focus on the Indigenous student or topics that may be directly related to them such as outcomes stemming from the Truth and Reconciliation Committee. NOTICE OF VACANCY 2  
  • Through professional development and sitting on external committees, maintain a current understanding of best practices and trends in Indigenous student services provincially, nationally and internationally.
  • Participate in the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS) Indigenous related Learning Community to connect with peers at other institutions and continue to raise awareness of best practices and trends identified in Indigenous student services within the Canadian context.
  • Present at conferences, sitting on external committees, and attending other events to represent Saint Mary’s University and build our profile on a local, provincial and national context.


  • Identify and develop collaborative relationships with faculty and staff on campus who would be useful partners in supporting Indigenous students and who may have Indigenous cultural knowledge skills sets, academic areas of expertise and/or relevant services for which Indigenous students should be aware.
  • Organize programs, sessions and events that will allow students to meet faculty and staff to build relationships with a goal of fostering opportunities for students to learn more about the services/opportunities available at Saint Mary’s.
  • Engage faculty and relevant staff in training programs and initiatives developed by the Indigenous Student Advisor.
  • Work collaboratively with the Saint Mary’s community, as appropriate, to find ways to better reflect the Indigenous cultures, both in our actions as well as through physical representation of Indigenous cultures on the campus.


  • Identify external organizations and contacts that would be relevant supports and contacts for Indigenous students including, but not limited to, the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre in Halifax and other similar offices throughout the Maritimes, Band Councils, Provincial Committees focusing on Indigenous students, Provincial and National, and International Scholarship and Awards Programs and Elders.
  • stablish clear lines of communication with First Nations communities and other Indigenous funding organizations to allow enhanced support to address funding challenges and questions experienced by Indigenous students.
  • Work closely with the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre to offer programming, both on and off campus that would be of relevance and interest to Indigenous students.

To be the successful Indigenous Student Advisor you will have an Undergraduate Degree with a minimum of three (3) to five (5) years of directly related experience, preferably at the post-secondary level working with Indigenous peoples or organizations. You further demonstrate the ability to work both independently and collaboratively and to participate in consultative decision-making. Strong organizational, event planning, presentation and facilitation skills combined with excellent oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills will be required in this position. Skills in training and program evaluation along with excellent knowledge and ability in MS Office, Access, internet and e-mail applications and the ability to work evenings and weekends will round out your qualifications. A background in cross cultural communication will be considered an asset. In keeping with the principles of Employment Equity, preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous.

Apply for this opportunity online by visiting and use our online application system through CareerBeacon. Select the position you are interested in and apply by clicking the "Apply Online Now" button. Please include the names of three professional references. No telephone calls please.

The search committee will begin to consider applications on July 21, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Saint Mary’s University hires on the basis of merit and is committed to the principles of employment equity. Saint Mary’s University encourages applications from qualified women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

Saint Mary's University thanks all applicants for applying. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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Canada 150 Research Chair in Indigenous Communities and Economic Development

The First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) and the Faculty of Arts at the University of Regina (U of R) invite applications from international Indigenous scholars for the nomination of Canada 150 Research Chair in the area of Indigenous Communities and Economic Development. Indigenous scholars from Canada living and working abroad are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will be an outstanding scholar as evidenced by an exceptional record of publications, scholarship, major awards, grants, and mentorship. The research area of Indigenous Communities and Economic Development is construed broadly; it includes Indigenous peoples’ perspectives on development; impacts of the global expansion and deepening of capitalist production and market relations on Indigenous communities and Indigenous communities’ responses to these impacts; Indigenous communities and resource-extractive industries; and Indigenous alternatives to the currently dominant free-market models of development.  

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant discipline at the time of application. The Chair will have a joint appointment in the First Nations University and the Faculty of Arts, University of Regina. Depending on the successful candidate’s particular specialization, the Chair will be based in a relevant academic department.   

The FNUniv and U of R are home to a significant number of researchers who specialize in Indigenous research and research with Indigenous communities, both Canadian and international. Both institutions have built close relations with local Indigenous communities, which serve to facilitate Indigenous community-engaged research. FNUniv has one of the largest concentration of community-based Indigenous and allied researchers in Canada, in disciplines such as Indigenous Studies; Business and Public Administration; Education; Social Work; Languages and Linguistics; Health; and Fine Arts. As a fully Indigenous institution, FNUniv also has its own Elders’ Council and can provide culturally appropriate connections to traditional Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers in communities. The U of R has Indigenization as one of its areas of emphasis under its 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, peyak aski kikawinaw (Together We Are Stronger). Over the past five years, the U of R has made the support of Indigenous research and teaching one of its highest priorities.  Its Indigenization Office and Indigenous Advisory Circle play important roles in supporting Indigenous research and research on Indigenous issues. Both the U of R and FNUniv have national and international research networks with Indigenous and allied scholars through organizations such as the Canadian Indigenous and Native Studies Association, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, and the Consortium of North American Higher Education Collaboration. Thus, both Universities provide excellent infrastructure and institutional support for Indigenous researchers and research.  

The successful candidate must be outstanding, internationally based researchers whose accomplishments in the identified field have been recognized to have made major impacts.  

The candidate will contribute to the advancement of institutional research goals by increasing demonstrable research outcomes that will enhance University’s international research reputation and increasing research collaborations.    

The new Canada 150 Research Chair Program has been established by the Government of Canada to foster research excellence (  For the Canada 150 Research Chair program only, you must be an internationally based researcher (both working and residing outside of Canada), to be eligible to apply.  Researchers who are currently working at Canadian institutions are not eligible.

The application deadline for this exciting opportunity is 20 July 2017. For full details on the University of Regina, these exciting opportunities and important information about the application process please visit: (click on 'Please see the posting for full details')


NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES. The Department of American Culture and the Native American Studies Program (NAS) at the University of Michigan invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Native American Studies. We seek qualified scholars in all fields with either disciplinary or interdisciplinary training. The search will consider scholars whose work focuses on the United States as well as those who use comparative and transnational frameworks in relation to the United States. Scholars whose work intersects with gender and sexuality studies, visual culture, literary studies, critical race studies, new media, or heritage language revitalization (especially Ojibwe or other Algonquian languages) are of particular interest, but scholars with expertise in any area of Native American studies will receive full consideration.

Applicants must demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching and research.  A Ph.D. in a relevant discipline in the arts, humanities, or social sciences is required prior to appointment. This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2018.


Application Deadline for full consideration is September 29, 2017, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

Candidates should submit application materials via email attachments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. under the subject line “NAS Position.” Please include the following components (each submitted as a separate PDF file):

  1. Cover Letter addressed to the Chair, NAS Search Committee

Please be sure the cover letter includes: Your name and address; your email address and phone number

  1. Curriculum Vitae

Please be sure your CV includes:
College attended and degree obtained
Graduate institution, degree obtained and name of Ph.D. advisor
Post-doctoral institution and name of mentor (if applicable)
Honors received
Research and Teaching Experience
List of publications

  1. Statement of current and future research plans
  2. Writing sample (no more than 25 pages)
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy and experience
  4. Evidence of teaching excellence: institutional teaching evaluations, course syllabi, teaching awards
  5. Statement of activities contributing to diversity, equity and inclusion in Academia (limit to 2 pages).

Recommendation Letters: Applicants should arrange for at least 3 letters of recommendation to be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly from the signer’s (or credentialing service’s) institutional email address.

Confirmation: Upon receipt of your application you can expect an email acknowledgment with a request and instructions to submit a voluntary survey to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.  

The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights and dignity of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Five (5) Tenure-Track Positions, Open Field President's Indigenous Peoples Scholars Program

Deadline Date: 
 Wednesday, November 01, 2017
The University of Windsor is situated on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations – the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi.
In keeping with the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Universities Canada Principles of Indigenous Education, the University of Windsor has established the President’s Indigenous Peoples Scholars Program. Through this program, the University will appoint five Indigenous scholars to tenure-track faculty positions at the assistant professor level across a range of disciplines. The term “Indigenous Peoples Scholars” refers to scholars who self-identify as Indigenous (i.e., First Nations, Métis, or Inuit).
The five positions are unrestricted in discipline or teaching and research areas. Interested Indigenous scholars will normally hold a terminal degree in their discipline(s) or be close to completion by the time of appointment; however, individuals holding a graduate degree and significant professional or creative experience are encouraged to apply. For more details on specific departments and faculties, and the undergraduate and graduate programs they offer, please go to the University website at
The University of Windsor is a comprehensive research and teaching institution with approximately 12,000 undergraduate and 3000 graduate students. The University is located in the southernmost part of Ontario and enjoys unrivalled cultural, recreational, and educational opportunities for faculty and students.
Application Requirements
To apply for consideration for one of these positions, please provide:
  • a letter of application, in which you identify as an Indigenous scholar – along with your community connection – and the academic discipline(s) to which you wish to be appointed, outlining strengths in teaching and research / scholarship / creative endeavours as well as potential for academic achievement;
  • detailed curriculum vitae, including the names of three referees;
  • a statement of research / scholarship / creative interests and plans; and
  • a teaching dossier or teaching portfolio showing evidence of teaching effectiveness and excellence that may include sample course syllabi or outlines, teaching evaluations, and a statement of teaching philosophy and interests (resources and templates for completing a teaching dossier can be found at
Only those applicants selected for interview will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be invited to provide further information in support of their applications. To ensure full consideration, complete the online application ( found on the job advertisement, before November 1, 2017.  Applications will continue to be received after November, and consideration of candidates will continue until all positions are filled.


When completing the online application, please reference:

Position Number: President's Indigenous Peoples Scholars Program 

The University of Windsor is a comprehensive research and teaching institution with more than 15,500 students.  We are a welcoming community committed to equity and diversity in our teaching, learning, and work environments.  In pursuit of the University's Employment Equity Plan, members from the designated groups (Women, Aboriginal Peoples, Visible Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, and Sexual Minorities) are encouraged to apply and to self-identify.  
If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Faculty Recruitment Coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Should you require further information on accommodation, please visit the website of the Office of Human Rights, Equity & Accessibility (
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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With over 25,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students, and 1,400 faculty members, McMaster University is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities, and is known for its deep commitment to creativity, innovation, and excellence. The University is recognized internationally for its focus on students, and for its exceptional scholarship and teaching. McMaster is home to six faculties (Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science). The University itself is a diverse community, situated within one of the most diverse cities in Canada. McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement.  For more information about McMaster, visit


Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the newly created Vice-Provost (Equity and Inclusion) (VPEI) has over-arching responsibility for the promotion, development, coordination, and support of initiatives related to equity, diversity, and inclusivity at McMaster. The VPEI plays a central role in educational and awareness-raising initiatives; has a broad mandate to identify and address campus-wide systemic issues; supports the development and implementation of relevant policies and processes; and, ensures that the values of equity, diversity, and inclusivity are infused into the day-to-day work and life of the University.  


As a key member of McMaster’s leadership team, the new VPEI will be conversant on issues of diversity, social justice, inclusivity, and equity, and will bring an inspiring vision to McMaster University that will galvanize the community in pursuit of these goals. The new Vice-Provost must have exceptional communication and facilitation skills; be skilled at engaging in matters that require sensitivity, empathy, and creative problem-solving across a diverse community; and, be unwavering in their commitment to advancing a culture of shared responsibility and accountability across campus.  The VPEI must be appointable at the rank of Associate or Professor, and will – ideally – have a scholarly background that demonstrates their commitment to diversity and inclusion.


In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration, and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons, members of racialized communities, and LGBTQ+ persons.


Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247) or the Faculty of Health Sciences Human Resources office at ext. 22207 to communicate accommodation needs.


Applicants will be invited to complete a brief voluntary diversity survey. All information collected is confidential and will not be shared with the search committee. The results of the survey are for institutional planning purposes, and support our efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Consideration of candidates will begin in mid-September 2017. Please respond with a letter and c.v. to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..