Sean Hillier

Associate Professor

York Research Chair in Indigenous Health Policy & One Health
Director, Centre for Indigenous Knowledges & Languages

Locations / Contact Info:

348A Stong College - SC
Keele Campus
Phone: 4167362100 Ext. 22056

Email address(es):

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Health Policy & Management


PhD - 2018
X University

MA - 2011
York University


Dr. Sean Hillier is a queer Mi’kmaw scholar from the Qalipu First Nation. He is an assistant professor at the School of Health Policy & Management & Special Advisor to the Dean on Indigenous Resurgence in the Faculty of Health at York University. He is the Co-Chair of the Indigenous Council at York and is Co-Chair of the Working Group on Anti-Black and Anti-Indigenous racism in the Faculty of Health. Additionally, Sean is a Board Member of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT).

Sean is a former CIHR doctoral scholar in the area of Indigenous Peoples living with HIV. His collaborative research program spans the topics of aging, living with HIV and other infectious diseases, and antimicrobial resistance, all with a concerted focus on policy affecting health care access for Indigenous Peoples in Canada. He continues to work in the area of HIV research and is an Investigator with the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network.

Sean has taught extensively in the areas of Indigenous Health, Social Determinants of Health, Indigenous Law, and Sexuality & Gender. An advocate for human rights and equality, he aims to bring greater information to the general public regarding both Indigenous Peoples and LGBT issues. He is the former Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Pride Toronto and WorldPride 2014 Toronto.

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Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

Indigenous health; Indigenous HIV; 2-Spirited & LGBTTIQQA rights; Indigenous methodologies; community-engaged research; Indigenous research ethics.