Indigenous Research Initiatives

Welcome to the home for the new Indigenous research initiatives from the Vice President & Provost office at the University of Toronto. It is staffed by the Indigenous Research Circle, which provides culturally safe support, guidance, inclusion and advice to OVPRI, and is led by Dr. Suzanne L Stewart, the Director of Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health.

Three new specific initiatives to advance Indigenous research are underway. Indigenous academic community participation is at the heart of the development and implementation of new and revised programs, policies, and supports that efficiently and meaningfully builds on existing Indigenous research strengths and addresses current challenges.

Indigenous Research Network

We are working to create an interconnected and collaborative network of researchers involved in the field of Indigenous research at the University of Toronto. This multi-campus, multidimensional network will include faculty members and staff involved in research related to the challenges Indigenous Peoples and communities face and to promote curricular transformations as required.

Ethics Framework and Protocols

We are working to create a new and comprehensive Indigenous research ethics framework for the University of Toronto that addresses existing gaps.

Connaught Funding Stream

We are working to devise a non-competitive research stream based in Indigenous knowledges and practices at the University of Toronto that will ensure that research being funded through this stream is based firmly in the needs of Indigenous communities.


Meet the Indigenous Research Circle Members

Dr. Suzanne Stewart and the research circle

Acknowledgement of Territory

We would like to acknowledge the traditional territories of the Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation, Anishnawbe, Wendat, Huron, and Haudenosaunee Indigenous Peoples on which we now stand.

The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We would also like to pay our respects to all our ancestors and to our present Elders.