University of Victoria



Rae Leitch was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is a member of the Sapotaweyak Cree nation in northwestern Manitoba, and holds 2 degrees from the University of Victoria,  a BA in History in Art and a postgraduate diploma in Cultural Resource Management.

Contributing to strengthening Indigenous people is important to Rae. She believes culture, language and heritage all create the foundation for Indigenous values and is glad to be a part of the IGOV family.



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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