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.

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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 

Nominations Open for Indigenous Community Engagement Award for Graduating Students

The nomination period for the Indigenous Community Engagement Award for graduating students is open!

This award is to recognize a dedicated and passionate undergraduate Indigenous student at McGill University who has shown distinguished leadership and involvement in an Indigenous community, organization, and/or community based-initiative. All activities on or off-campus and paid or volunteer will be considered. The award is valued at $500 and is designed for a graduating student.

The deadline to apply is May 1st. Please send applications to indigenous.studies@mcgill.ca.

Ninga Mìnèh: Caroline Monnet’s Exhibition Opens at the MMFA

Caroline Monnet’s exhibition, Ninga Mìnèh, opened on April 21st at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

For students under the age of 21, this exhibit is free to visit. For those over 21 and would like to visit the exhibit, stay tuned for upcoming time slots for McGill Indigneous staff, faculty and students, free of charge. 

The works in Ninga Mìnèh, some of which are very recent, evoke both metaphorically and materially the inequalities in living conditions experienced by Indigenous communities in Canada. In most cases, reserve housing was hastily built with cheap materials: from the outside, they often appear shoddy or uncompleted. Families are crammed together, without the barest of comforts. The exhibition Ninga Mìnèh (Algonquin for “promise”) is a call to authorities to finally offer First Nations people decent, dignified, pleasant living conditions.

Native Montreal: Vaccinations for Montreal Urban Indigenous Community

Native Montreal is working with other Indigenous organizations, the Direction régionale de santé publique de Montréal as well as the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal to offer a specific vaccination campaign specifically for Indigenous people.

Phase 1 of this vaccination campaign will be from April 23rd to May 14th. This campaign targets Indigenous people living in the Greater Montreal Area. For any Indigenous staff, student, or faculty member who has not yet been vaccinated and meets the criteria below, you will be eligible to book an appointment.


By appointment only

All Indigenous persons that are 18 years or older are eligible

To ensure that all elders are able to get vaccinated, an Indigenous person can register family members who live with them

Non-Indigenous members of your family bubble, living with you are also eligible. Only an Indigenous person who also registers themselves for the vaccination can register their non-Indigenous family members.

Click here for more information and to make an appointment through Native Montreal.

Summer Funding Opportunity: Community Engagement Fund

Through ISCEI, McGill students, staff, and faculty members are invited to apply for seed funding to support meetings and visits with Indigenous community organizations; bringing community members to McGill; experiential learning opportunities for students on and off campus; and other creative partnership opportunities for Indigenous community support on and off campus.

The deadline to apply for Summer funds is May 15th. Students, staff and faculty can submit an application through our website, or directly apply here.

Requests for funding will be reviewed by an internal committee three times per year, listed below. Funding can be used within 12 months of the review date.

Indigenous Staff Spotlight: Alex Allard-Gray

Check out a new Indigenous Spotlight Series that highlights some of the work done by both Indigenous staff and faculty at McGill. Our first installment of the series features Alex Allard-Gray from the Indigenous Health Professions Program.

Stay tuned for more videos of our community at McGill!

Hiring: Associate Director, Indigenous Student Success

McGill is currently looking for an Associate Director (Indigenous Student Success). The Associate Director will provide strategic leadership in enabling Indigenous student success and retention through relevant planning, policy development, programming, and overall responsibility for Indigenous Student Affairs at McGill.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree 5 Years Related Experience /

Hours per Week:

33.75 (Full time)


Dir Indigenous Initiatives

Click Here to View the Full Position Summary

Naomi Sayers Guest Lecturing POLI 372

On April 7th, Naomi Sayers will join Chadwick Cowie’s course, POLI 372 (Indigenous Peoples and the Canadian State), as a guest lecturer. Sayers is an Indigenous lawyer with a trauma-informed practice based out of Ontario, serving both Ontario and Alberta, Canada. Additionally, her practice is broad and has particular focuses on Indigenous law, administrative law (regulatory law), environmental, energy and mining law, criminal law, and corporate law.

Research Assistant Opening: Indigenous Studies

Position Summary:

The Indigenous Studies Program is seeking to expand its Indigenous language research capacity and offer opportunities to students to work in areas of Indigenous language reclamation in community. Under the supervision of Professor Noelani Arista, the RA will be asked to collect information on Indigenous language programs and research labs at Canadian Universities, as well as survey important indigenous language reclamation programs in the Eastern U.S. as a way to understand the current context and climate of research in Indigenous languages today.



Conduct a survey of Indigenous language programs in Canada.

Collect program data: Indigenous language focus, minor/major, departmental or institutional affiliations, size of program, number of faculty, instructors, and collaboration with community.

Collect information on infrastructure and facilities.

Organize the data collected and report to supervisor (Noelani Arista)



  • Previous research and data collection experiende useful
  • Preference for students who have taken courses in Indigenous Studies prior to applying for this position
  • Preference for students with a demonstrated interest in, or existing connection to, Indigenous languages


Hours: $18/hour, total number of hours and weekly schedule is flexible

Interested students should send a resumé and short statement of interest to Prof. Noelani Arista: noelani.arista@mcgill.ca

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