Dean's message

Interim Dean Welcome Message

Tân’si ki’wow,

My name is Chris Andersen, I am Métis, originally from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. I am honoured to assume the position of Interim Dean of the Faculty of NativeStudies. I have been a professor in the Faculty – and thus, in Indigenous Studies – for more than 15 years, researching in various fields such as Indigenous critical theory, Métis history, politics, law and statistics, urban Indigenous issues, and post-World War II everyday Métis life.

From 2012 until January of 2016, I was the Director of the Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research. I am a founding member of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Executive Council, a member of Statistics Canada’s Advisory Committee on Social Conditions, editor of the journal aboriginal policy studies and I was recently named as a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

All of this is to say that I am deeply involved in the faculty and in the growing discipline of Indigenous Studies. If my time here has taught me anything, Indigenous Studies is different from other disciplines. Most disciplines take really complex concepts and try and make them simple – in Indigenous studies, we do the opposite: we take concepts that people find simple or take for granted and, using tools of critical thought and history, we show how complex they are in practice. As the only faculty of its kind in North America, the Faculty of Native studies is well positioned to address questions, problems and challenges from this perspective.

Over the next 18 months, I look forward to continue the hard work begun by Dean Hokowhitu and the deans before him, by working with our amazing faculty and staff, students and alumni, who are as dedicated as I am to upholding the high standards the Faculty has become renowned for.


Chris Andersen,
Interim Dean, Faculty of Native Studies

Farewell Message from Dean Hokowhitu

Kia ora Koutou,

It has been an absolute pleasure to have been the Dean of the Faculty of Native Studies for the past 3.5 years. I have made many lifelong friends and have learnt a great deal during my tenure. 

The Faculty, as the only Faculty of Indigenous Studies in all of North America, is extremely important and I am pleased to say an intellectual powerhouse that will continue to lead critical thinking and praxis in relation to indigeneity and the academy. 

I am very pleased that Dr. Chris Andersen agreed to be Interim Dean as I know he is deeply committed to FNS and understands the intricacies of the Faculty within the University and the broader spectrum of Indigenous Studies.

I want to wish all the Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni and friends of FNS all the very best and welcome you to call on me at anytime as we continue to foster our Indigenous worlds.