Skip to McMaster Navigation Skip to Site Navigation Skip to main content
McMaster logo

Goal 4: Quality of Education

4: Quality Education

SDG 4 focuses on ensuring inclusive and equitable access to quality learning all through life. A McMaster professor is helping to centre Indigenous ways of knowing in education.

Vanessa Watts, Paul R. MacPherson Chair in Indigenous Studies

Life-changing ways of knowing

For decades, Indigenous research pathologized the people it purported to study, often treating Indigeneity itself as a problem to solve, and dismissing centuries of complex Indigenous expertise, knowledge and methodologies.

Indigenous students and faculty are even now underrepresented in academia, and it can be challenging for them to present and share the ways of knowing they learned from Elders.

Vanessa Watts is amplifying Indigenous expertise and voices, and supporting Indigenous students in higher education. She’s leading efforts to centre Indigenous knowledge in research, working with communities, organizations and Knowledge Keepers on issues of local and national importance in a fast-changing world.


Featured Stories

Read more research stories

Discover how Our Research is making an Impact

Click on the icons below to learn how McMaster is contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
1: No poverty
2: Zero Hunger
3: Good Health & Well-Being
4: Quality Education
5: Gender Equality
6: Clean Water and Saniation
7: Affordable and Clean Energy
8: Decent work and economic growth
9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
10: Reduced Inequalities
11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
12: Responsible Consumption and Production
13: Climate Action
14: Life below water
15: Life on Land
16: Peace, Justice, and strong institutions
17: Partnerships for the Goals