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Position: Faculty Lecturer – Indigenous Programming and Community Relations

Position Description

The School of Continuing Studies is interested in receiving applications from candidates who have a background in either Public Administration, Business Management, Education, Educational Psychology, Counseling, Information Technology, Human Resources, Indigenous Studies, Accounting, Social Sciences, or a related field. Teaching excellence, expertise in fostering active learning and inclusive environments, and experience in coordinating tailored courses for an Indigenous audience are strongly sought qualities, as are teaching online/remotely.

This is a full-time, ranked academic, non-tenure-track position with an initial appointment of two (2) years, reporting to the Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs, through the Director of Indigenous Relations Initiative. The desired start date is August 1, 2021.


Job Duties:

Under the direct supervision of the IRI Director, successful applicants will teach one or more courses from our undergraduate and/or graduate programs offered at SCS. Successful applicants will also assume key administrative and leadership roles in the unit.


For more information and how to apply, see the full posting here.

School of Continuing Studies Hosts Lectures and Workshops for National Indigenous History Month

During the month of June, the School of Continuing Studies will be hosting various talks and workshops for National Indigenous History Month.

See two of the interactive presentations given by Wanda Gabriel and Alex Allard Gray:

Wanda Gabriel Presents: A Look at the Truth & Reconciliation Commission 

Wednesday June 2, 10:30-12:00 EST 

In this session led by Wanda Gabriel participants explore the five different types of elements addressing the legacy of Residential Schools, as listed in The Settlement Agreement. One of the elements, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) will be examined in detail. Participants will look at the process of this historical commission of their years of operation and how they carefully approached survivors to gather the stories. Particular focus will be on the calls to action and what this means for Canadians. Participants will be invited to explore, share views and find ways to engage in the calls to action via breakout rooms.


Alex Allard Gray Presents: Braiding Sweetgrass; Understanding Indigenous Resilience and Making Space for Indigenous Ways of Thinking

Tuesday June 29, 10:30-12:00 EST

In this interactive presentation, participants will have the opportunity to discuss and learn of ways to incpororate and create space for Indigenous ways of thinking into their work. Indigenous Resilience will be highlighted through examples pertaining to the presenter’s community and how his Indigenous identity guides his work with Indigenous learners.


See the Full Schedule and Info Here

Pick Your Path: Mentorship Opportunity

The Branches team is looking for students interested in mentoring Indigenous high school students this summer! Pick Your Path is an online career exploration and mentorship program for Indigenous youth happening from August 2nd to the 13th. Here you will have the chance to share your experiences with and support a high school student in figuring out their next steps in their education. For your time and effort, you will receive monetary compensation.

If you are interested, you can read more and apply at the following link: https://bit.ly/PYP2021Mentors. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 28th.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send an email to mayela.lozanoalanis@mcgill.ca

Why we need more Indigenous perspectives in health care: Richard Budgell for CBC First Person

This month, Richard Budgell was featured in the CBC First Person series. The First Person section features personal stories and experiences of Canadians, in their own words. This is intended to showcase a more intimate storytelling perspective, and allow people from across the country to share what they have lived through

In addition, Budgell was also featured in “Let’s Go” with Sabrina Marandola, a radio show also hosted by the CBC. Let’s Go celebrates local stories, explores a range of perspectives and shines a light on people making a difference in the community.

Click here Richard’s article and listen to his segment on Let’s Go.

Inuit Participants Wanted for VR Study

The Douglas Mental Health University Institute is looking for Inuit individuals willing to participate in a study to test heart rate variability and other physiological responses to two stimuli in virtual reality. Researchers will eventually use this data to help build novel medical applications, specifically, an automatized and remote virtual reality treatment. 

Inclusion criteria: 

  • Healthy adult between 14-60 years 
  • Identifies as Inuk 

Exclusion criteria: Risk for epilepsy, current abuse of alcohol or drugs, changes to medications in the past 4 weeks 

Study involves: 

  • One meeting at Douglas, in total 60 minutes 
  • Wearing sensor to measure physiological response during two VR exercises, a relaxation and a height exposure 
  • A survey asking for anxiety symptoms, previous traumatic experiences and supporting factors


For more information or to participate in this stidy, please contact Maharshee Karia/Quinta Seon:




Engaging Indigenous Youth: The Evolution of McGill’s Eagle Spirit Science Futures Camp

On May 13th from 4-5pm, join in on an online panel discussing the Evolution of McGill’s Eagle Spirit Science Futures Camp.

During this moderated panel, two Eagle Spirit Science Futures Camp founders, as well as a past camp participant (and current coordinator), will discuss the camp’s beginnings and its legacy. Together, we will explore the role the camp plays in helping to empower Indigenous youth and encourage them to consider careers in the health sciences.

This panel is moderated by Dr. Kent Saylor, and panelists include: Paige Isaac, Waneek Horn-Miller and Alex Allard-Gray.

Register for the panel here. 

Job Posting: Assistant/Associate Professor (Tenure Track), Ingram School of Nursing, Indigenous Health

The Ingram School of Nursing of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is seeking applications for a tenure-track position in the area of Indigenous Health. This tenure-track position is open for appointment to the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.
Job duties:
The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent research program  and to contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching for our diverse student body.  The successful incumbent will also be expected to contribute to service activities within the School, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the University and the wider scholarly community. Examples include revising curricula to ensure inclusion of Indigenous ways of knowing and mentorship of faculty regarding optimal teaching and learning strategies regarding Indigenous Health for students.
Lived experience in Indigenous communities or with Indigenous populations in urban settings is expected. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to – and in accordance with circumstances, a track record in – equity, diversity, and inclusiveness (EDI) in such contexts. In accordance with McGill’s responsibilities in relation to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and in response to commitments made in McGill’s Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education preference will be given to candidates of Indigenous identity in filling these positions.
For more information and to learn more on how to apply, view the full job description here.

Tickets Available for Caroline Monnet Exhibition

Indigenous Staff, Faculty and Students are invited to visit Caroline Monnet’s exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and free tickets are being offered. Due to some restrictions with COVID, rather than a group visit, there are two time slots remaining that individuals can sign up for:

Friday May 7th – 11am (1 spot remaining)

Friday May 7th – 3:45pm  (4 spots remaining)

These tickets are intended for those who are over the age of 21, as anyone under can access the museum and the exhibit for free. As well, these tickets also allow for visitors to access the permanent collection in addition to Caroline’s.

To reserve a spot, please email vanessa.racine2@mcgill.ca


Museum Protocol:

  • Visitors must arrive 10 minutes before time slot
  • There is no coat-check, so if you have a backpack you must wear it in front of you (not on your back).
  • Masks are mandatory, distancing is also mandatory when inside the exhibit


If there is a high demand to see the exhibit, additional dates can be made.

Métis Student Joins McCall MacBain Scholars’ Inaugural Cohort

The McCall MacBain program is the first comprehensive leadership-based scholarship for master’s and professional studies in Canada, created by John McCall MacBain and his wife, Dr. Marcy McCall MacBain, through a historic $200-million gift to McGill University in 2019.

In the upcoming Fall semester, 20 scholars will begin their fully funded master’s or professional degree in five faculties at McGill, while connecting with mentors and participating in an intensive leadership development program.

One of the twenty students, Josh Swain, is finishing his studies at the University of Winnipeg, where he has engaged with his Métis heritage by helping run a campus group that supports Indigenous students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. He has also helped teach biology and financial literacy to Indigenous students.

To read the full article, click here!

2021 Margaret A. Gilliam Lecture in Food Security: Indigenous Food Sovereignty

For this year’s 2021 Margaret A. Gilliam Lecture in Food Security, join Jacquelyn Wright (President and CEO, Canadian Feed The Children); Glenn Checkley (Program Manager, Canadian Feed The Children); Glenna Cayen (Food Forest Project Coordinator, Canadian Feed The Children); and Ernie Bussidor (Project Leader, the Seal River Watershed Initiative) for a four-part presentation on Supporting Indigenous Food Sovereignty: A Community-led Approach to Reclaiming Food Systems & Nourishing Communities.

Click here to register 

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