University of Victoria

IGOV Photo Gallery

The 2012 cohort of IGOV students, end of term celebration (November 2012)

Shary Antone (MAIG 2012), Lana Lowe (MAIG 2001) and Erin Tomkins (MAIG 2009) at AFN Party (December 2012)

IGOV students who participated in a cultural and educational exchange with the University of Hawai'i Manoa, Indigenous Politics Program (April 2012) say Mahalo (Than you)!

January 2010 exchange participants



Cheam Territory

IGOV students and faculty visit with members of Cheam First Nation

Cheam Community Honouring of IGOV students



SENCOTEN Canoe Project with Master Carver Charles Elliott


Helping out at a local Saanich farm


Student Community Governance Project and Thesis Defenses

Molly Wickham and Family, November 2010

Matt Wildcat (MAIG 2006-2007) with Supervisory Committee, April 2010

Matt & Russ Ross (MAIG 2006-2007) post defenses, April 2010

Mick Scow & Erin Tomkins (MAIG 2008-2009) with Committee in Cheam, April 2010

Ryan Adams (MAIG 2006-2007) with Supervisor, August 2009



ILF 2009


ILF 2006

Traditional Salmon BBQ at Tsawout

Learning how to paddle

ILF Participants



2009 on Mount Doug

View of Mystic Vale from Mount Doug

MAIG 2008 on Mount Tolmie

IGOV Intramural Soccer Team 2009-2010

Our Programs

Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance (MAIG)

The Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance (MAIG) is an interdisciplinary program focused on traditional structures and ways of governance and encompassing the values, perspectives, concepts, and principles of Indigenous political cultures. Through teaching and research that respects both western and Indigenous traditions, methods, and forms of knowledge, students are provided with a strong foundation of basic and applied scholarly research with an emphasis on the nature and context of Indigenous governance and Indigenous-State relations in Canada and internationally.

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PhD Degree by Special Arrangement

The Faculty of Graduate Studies along with the Indigenous Governance Program (IGOV) offers the selected opportunities for students to pursue a PhD degree by Special Arrangement. The Special Arrangement degree program is available for Indigenous Governance students, as the program does not currently offer a regular Ph.D. degree program. For more information about this program.

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IGOV is a part of the Faculty of Human and Social Development (HSD).

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