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Dr. Michael Doxtater

Dr. Michael Doxtater

Associate Professor
DepartmentCreative Industries
EducationPh.D, M.Sc, BA
Phone416-979-5000 ex. 544471

Biographical Statement

Dr. Thohahoken Michael Doxtater’s national profile includes work in the public and private communications industry. He is a leading senior communications specialist, who has published internationally, produced, directed, and written award-winning documentaries and dramas for academic and public audiences in Canada and the US. He was Head of Studio One of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). As part of the producing team the Gemini Award winning film “Where the Spirit Lives” raised public consciousness of Indian Residential Schools in Canada, that eventually led to the creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

Doxtater’s role in the field of public communications includes the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP), TRC, Health Canada, Indian Affairs, and the PMO. He has expertise in teaching and learning on the frontier of the digital age at Cornell University in the 1990s, McGill University, and with Ontario’s Indigenous Institutes. As a graduate candidate faculty advisor, counselor, and instructor, Dr. Doxtater specializes in organizational learning, leadership, and IT learning environments. Community engagement includes a role as a senior facilitator and advocate for action planning in Indigenous organizations, local governments, and grassroots community groups. He has wide experience in facilitation, mediation and bereavement services in the Indigenous community at Six Nations. As a professional in mediation and conflict resolution, he worked at Oka, Tutelo Heights, Red Hill Valley, and Eagles Nest. His research journalism focuses on Action Research, organizational learning, and multiliteracies. Doxtater comes from the Six Nations of  the Grand River territory 100 kilometers south of Toronto, Canada. A descendent of Mohawk leader Joseph Brant, Michael comes from the Mohawk turtle-clan family of Satekariwate. 

Education Degree
Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University (Ithaca, USA) Ph.D
Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University (Ithaca, USA) M.Sc
History of Science, McMaster University (Hamilton, CA) BA
Courses Taught
CRI 590 Storytelling Indigenous People
CRI 810 Studies in Creative Collaboration
NPF 705 Thinking Through Diversity