Dr. McKay dedicated his life as a bi-lingual educator influencing thousands of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal high school and university students and earned four university degrees including a Ph.D. in history from the University of Toronto. He developed Indigenous programs and courses at Trent University, Lakehead University, and McMaster University and was the founding head of the Department of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. In consultation with Indigenous communities, he established programs such as the Pre-Medicine Program for Native People and social studies programs for public schools.
Dr. McKay has assisted First Nations and Métis communities in their aspirations by promoting sovereignty, enabling them to narrate their own history and creating educational, political and economic systems for the betterment of their citizens.
In addition, Dr. McKay is an influential documentary film producer. His work includes two 13-part series’ entitled La Voix des Mechif I and II and The Life and Work of Daphne Odjig.