Prof. Rebecca Major
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Rebecca Major is a PhD candidate in Indigenous Public Policy at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. Her dissertation investigates Indigenous land claims and identity rights.
Prof. Major holds an MA in Native Studies and a BA in History and Native Studies, both also from the University of Saskatchewan.
Her areas of interest include Canadian Aboriginal public policy; Indigenous governance, national and international; policy of identity and membership; Indigenous land and governance claims; policy learning; and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She has taught courses elsewhere in Indigenous Politics and Canadian Public Administration and Policy.
Prof. Major’s publications include the article “Exogenous Systems at Work: Creating and Repairing the Aboriginal Struggle With Identity” in a special issue of the American Journal of Indigenous Studies: “Indigenous Issues and Identity: Protecting What Is Ours.” A forthcoming piece, coauthored with Elizabeth Cooper and Emily Grafton, titled “Beyond tokenism: Relational learning and reconciliation within post-secondary classrooms and institutions” will be published in a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Native Education: “Indigenization, Decolonization, Reconciliation.”
Outside of academia, Prof. Major has worked in several capacities in Métis administration. She has previously been elected as Area Representative, Western Region 2A, Métis Nation-Saskatchewan; Manager of Intergovernmental Affairs; and a Policy Advisor in both Environment and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan.