Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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T’hohahoken Michael Doxtater

Queen's National Scholar
Assistant Professor

Research and teaching interests: Indigenous Knowledge recovery, organizational learning, governance, and academic writing.

Phone: 613-533-6000 ext. 79048
Office: Mackintosh Corry Hall, A403
Office hours: By appointment


Cornell University, Ph. D.
Cornell University, M. Sc.
McMaster University, B. A.


Michael Doxtater (McMaster, B.A.; Cornell, M.S./PhD.) is a leading expert on organizational learning and organizational development. Recovering Indigenous Knowledge practices includes enacting the social foundations of governance, sustainable life-systems, and Indigenous languages. As a professional in dispute and conflict resolution he intervened during the Kanonstaten Reclamation Occupation (Caledonia, ON), the Red Hill Valley expressway occupation (Hamilton, ON), the Eagles Nest standoff (Brantford, ON), the Tutelo Heights forestry dispute (Brantford, ON), and Six Nations Against Pollution on-reserve. In 1990, he worked as the Oka Standoff representative for Chief Rastewenserontha of the Mohawk People. Professionally, Doxtater worked at the national level as a senior communication specialist for the Government of Canada, specifically the Department of Indian Affairs Headquarters and Ontario Region, Health Canada, the Canadian Government Expositions Centre (CGEC), the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). He led teams that produced award-winning documentaries in Canada and the United States for PBS, TVOntario, National Film Board of Canada (NFB), and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). As a senior communication specialist, he has over 20-years experience as a producer in children's television, documentaries, drama, and long-form films in the Canadian media industry. His work has appeared on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Canada, and CKRZ 100.3 FM, and in the Montreal Gazette, Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Southam News, and TVOntario. He was part of the production team for “Where the Spirit Lives”, a Gemini Award winning drama on the frontier of the Indian Residential Schools apology era. His writing practice informs his role for teaching academic research and writing in college and university settings. Doxtater taught at Mohawk College, Niagara College, Cornell University, Wilfrid Laurier University, McGill University, and the University of Waterloo.  Areas of research specialization include Action Research methods for strategic planning and developing learning organizations. Michael is an 8th generation descendent of Mohawk leader Joseph Brant


Professor Doxtater taught numerous undergraduate courses at different universities, including "Issues in Aboriginal Education” (2010), "Introduction to Sociology" (2013-16), "Indigenous Peoples and Settler Relations" (2014-16), "Indigenous Community Organizing" (2015-16), "Issues in Contemporary Native Communities in Canada" (2016-17), "First Year Writing Seminar" (2013-15), "Communication and Public Speaking" (2014-16). His graduate seminars include following courses:“Special topics” Organizational Learning, Managing Organizational Change, and Organizational Theory and Education. In 2017-2018 academic year, Professor Doxtater will be teaching following LLCU course:

LLCU 295: Special Topics (Winter 2018)