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Matariki Indigenous Student Mobility Program

The Matariki Indigenous Student Mobility Program is designed to foster academic and personal growth opportunities for students who demonstrate a deep awareness of Indigenous issues and willingness to engage in reflection, dialogue, and debate. Participants will come away with a deeper understanding of indigenous ways of knowing, understanding, doing, and honouring; issues impacting Indigenous peoples locally and globally; and local initiatives for self-determination. Participants will be encouraged to share their knowledge, wisdom, and experiences from their own nations and cultures.

The first edition of the programme was held at Otago in 2016 and the second at UWA in 2017. This was followed by a programme at Dartmouth in 2018, and the final event at Queen’s in June 2019. The Matariki Executive Board has recently approved a second round of student mobility events, to run from 2020-2023.

Information below is for 2019. Updated information will be provided as it becomes available.

Program Overview

Queen’s University will host MISMP from 23 June to 6 July 2019 for approximately 25 participants from across the MNU on the theme of Learning, Language, and Land. Through this program, participants can expect to:

  1. Increase their understanding and appreciation of, and ability to critically evaluate, issues that impact Indigenous communities through exposure to the knowledge and experiences of local Indigenous communities. Participants will engage extensively with local community leaders and members, educators, and researchers on a range of themes, including Indigenous education, Indigenous language revitalization, social impacts of assimilative policies and residential schools, Indigenous arts, and many others.
  2. Gain a deeper understanding of and begin to articulate aspects of the history, culture, and social and economic enterprise of Indigenous communities around the world, with particular focus on the sophistication of Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee ways of knowing, understanding, doing, and honouring.
  3. Facilitate exchange of interdisciplinary knowledge between Indigenous communities and across international contexts. Participants will be encouraged to share knowledge, wisdom, and experiences from their own nations and cultures.
  4. Engage meaningfully with local initiatives for self-determination, with emphasis on local models of shared territory and co-existence.
  5. Where appropriate, contribute to a growing body of multidisciplinary research relevant to Indigenous peoples. Opportunities will be provided for undergraduate and graduate students to explore future opportunities in research and academia. Participants are encouraged to provide a presentation or knowledge sharing activity on current Indigenous based knowledge in the form of research, course work, or lived experiences. Participants will also contribute to a written publication containing contributions from MISMP participants after the event is over.

Program development is being led by Dr. Lindsay A. Morcom, Assistant Professor of Aboriginal Education, Queen’s Faculty of Education. Some pre-program preparation in the form of short readings, or virtual or in-person discussion with other participants will be required. Specifics will be communicated to participants well in advance of the start of the program.


Application priority is extended to Indigenous undergraduate students currently in their 2nd or 3rd year, followed by Indigenous graduate students or current fourth year undergraduates who are returning to Queen’s for B.Ed., graduate or other type of study.

Graduate applicants must be registered in a masters or doctoral program in any discipline at Queen’s University. Undergraduate applicants must be registered in a degree program in any discipline at Queen’s University and have completed at least one year of undergraduate study before the start of the MISMP program. Part-time students are eligible.

Costs and Accommodations

All program participants will be housed in Queen’s University campus accommodations; this includes Queen’s participants. Field trips and meals for the duration of the program along with accommodation are funded through the Office of the Associate Vice-Principal (International). Participants should budget for small incidental fees such as additional meals and snacks not included in the program.

Students may wish to explore credit for this program with their home faculty. Program details will be made available for evaluation. If this program is taken for credit, tuition assessment will be made.

Summer Employment

MISMP may conflict with summer employment. MISMP undergraduate students may wish to apply to the Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship (USSRF) program, which provides paid opportunities for continuing Queen’s undergraduates to conduct a research project in the social sciences, humanities, or creative arts under the supervision of a faculty researcher. The application deadline is March 1, 2019.


Participants will be selected through a competitive application process. Applications will be assessed by a selection committee of Indigenous and ally faculty and senior leaders at Queen’s based on the quality of the application materials and how the materials fit with the overall theme of Learning, Language and Land.

There will be an interview with the selection committee for shortlisted candidates.

Application submission must include:

  1. Statement of interest

    The statement should explain the applicant’s interest in participating in a program focused on Learning, Language, and Land. Many forms of expression are welcome. Applicants may submit a written document (500 word limit), video, visual art, piece of music (format MP3) or other expressions that address the essence of the theme as the applicant interprets it. Applicants may wish to give consideration to life experiences, course work, research or other background that has prepared them to take part in this program.

  2. Letter of support from a faculty member (undergraduate) or supervisor (graduate)

    The letter of support should come from a supervisor or faculty member who is able to comment on the academic aptitude, maturity level, individual character and the ability of the applicant to engage respectfully with others from different cultures.

The deadline for submission is February 15, 2019. Applications should be submitted to or in person at B206 Mackintosh-Corry Hall.

Short listed applicants will be contacted for an interview during the week of March 4, 2019.

The successful applicants will be notified by March 25, 2019.