Dr. Mark Dockstator is currently a professor at Trent University, Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies. Dr. Dockstator was appointed President of the First Nations University of Canada in July 2014 and served his 5-year term to 2019 and today holds the position of past President.
Dr. Dockstator his Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. In 1994, he was the first First Nations person to graduate with a doctorate in law. His doctoral dissertation, entitled “Toward an Understanding of Aboriginal Self Government,” is a blend of Indigenous and Western knowledge and was used as a foundation for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples’ final report.
Dr. Dockstator has served as founding Chairman of the First Nations’ Statistical Institute, Senior Negotiator and Researcher for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, President and CEO of Rama Economic Development Corporation, Special Advisor to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People and Special Advisor to the Chief Commissioner of the Indian Land Claims Commission.
Dr. Dockstator has a great deal of business experience and has a specific research expertise in Aboriginal issues, having served as Principal Investigator on an array of national and regional research projects in areas such as Aboriginal health, treaties, Aboriginal languages and culture, education and economic development.