University of Victoria


Commitment to community is central to the IGOV approach to learning. Students are strongly encouraged to challenge themselves in their academic work and in applying the knowledge and values shared in the classroom to IGOV community projects and work in their own communities.

As our goal is to prepare students for leadership roles, we try to provide opportunities outside of the classroom that teach, practice, and honor Indigenous ways of knowing through experience and active involvement with local Indigenous communities.

Becoming an effective leader requires the ability to find balance in all areas of one's life including academic work, personal health, family, and community. Maintaining this balance requires both a healthy body and a healthy mind. IGOV offers weekly group physical and cultural activities to support students in finding their balance.

Community projects;

Sencoten Canoe Project

Oral History Project

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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