New: Submit News and Stories to our Weekly Digest

You can now submit upcoming news and stories to our digest, using the new form on our webpage. Wondering what could be submitted? Here are a few ideas of what our digest can feature:

  • Good news from Indigenous faculty, staff, and students (projects, grants, publications, presentations, awards, media)
  • News about upcoming events related to Indigenous topics or Indigenous studies, or designed for the Indigenous community at McGill
  • Reports about successful events or projects
  • Information about opportunities (funding opportunities, positions)

You can now send in submissions to our weekly digest by filling out this form on our webpage or, you can forward news to:

New Website: Office for Meditation and Reporting (OMR)

The new Office for Mediation and Reporting (OMR) website ( is now live!

A few features  to highlight are:

  1. Individuals can now schedule appointments with us via the Book a Consultation page, however you may also send an email at
  2. Reporting forms are available to download on the website here and here; and
  3. feedback form on the site.


McGill featured in K1037 Tetewatha:ren Partyline Talk Show

On June 18th, K103.7 FM featured two guests from McGill on their show, Tetewatha:ren Partyline Talk ShowK103.7 FM – CKRK – is a community radio station serving Kahnawake since we began operation on March 31, 1981. Their goal is to be an information source for Kahnawakero:non and our neighbours in the Montreal area.
In the first segment,  Jacques T. Watso (Councillor for the Abenaki Council of Odanak) and Christopher Manfredi (Provost and Vice-Principal, Academic of McGill University)were invited to speak on the partnership agreement between McGill University’s Gault Nature Reserve and the Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki.
Following their discussion, Suzanne Sauvage (President and Chief Executive Officer at the McCord Museum) discusses how the McCord Museum is establishing a permanent Indigenous advisory committee, whose primary focus is to take an informed, cross-disciplinary look at the Museum’s indigenization initiatives.

Hiawatha Wampum Belt Flag Raising

In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, members of the McGill community were invited to attend a virtual flag raising ceremony of the Hiawatha Wampum Belt flag above the McCall MacBain Arts Building from 9-9:30 am.

For centuries, the flag has symbolized unity and peace between the Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, and Mohawk nations. Inaugurated at McGill in 2018, this ceremony responds to one of the Calls to Action put forward by the Provost’s Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education in recognition of the importance of building respectful and reciprocal relations with Indigenous peoples.


Virtual Scarf Ceremony Celebrates Indigenous Graduates, honours victims of Residential Schools

On June 10th, Indigenous Students were invited to attend a Virtual Scarf Conferral, hosted by First People’s House in collaboration with School of Continuing Studies and the Office of First Nations and Inuit Education. The ceremony featured guest speakers such as Cindy Blackstock, who delivered the Keynote address, Provost Christopher Manfredi, and Principal Suzanne Fortier. Charlie Patton, an invited Elder, opened and closed the ceremonies.

Graduating students each received ceremonial scarves that were created by Kahnawake-based designer Tammy Beauvais. Red scarves are offered to degree recipients and white ones to diploma and certificate recipients.

Members of McGill administration and leaders of Indigenous communities congratulated the Class of 2021 for their hard work and dedication, emphasizing their importance to their respective communities as role models and policy makers.


Click Here to read more coverage by the McGill Reporter 

Partnership agreement between McGill University’s Gault Nature Reserve and the Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki

On June 14th, McGill announces its partnership agreement with the Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki and the Gault Nature Reserve located at Mont St. Hilarie. This partnership agreement has been in effect since January 1, 2021 and establishes free access to McGill University’s Gault Nature Reserve for all members registered with the Odanak and Wôlinak communities, which make up the W8banaki Nation in Quebec. The agreement recognizes the ancestral territory and cultural value of the nature reserve to the Abenaki.



Learn more on this partnership in the McGill Newsroom Announcement here. 


New Publication: The Flying Heads of Settler Colonialism; or the Ideological Erasures of Indigenous Peoples in Political Theorizing

The Flying Heads of Settler Colonialism; or the Ideological Erasures of Indigenous Peoples in Political Theorizing is a recently published article in Sage Journals by Yann Allard-Tremblay and Elaine Coburn, who are professors in Political Science. The article was published on June 9th, and is open access. See below for the essay’s abstract:


This essay relies on the insight that settler colonialism is an ongoing structure geared toward the elimination of Indigenous presence to argue that ideologies that legitimate and naturalize settler occupation are equally ongoing. More specifically, the ideologies that justify settler colonialism in major states like Australia, Canada, and the United States, are like Flying Heads that shape-shift and recur over time. We explore how two notorious ideological tropes—terra nullius and the myth of the Vanishing Race—recur in the work of contrasting contemporary theorists. Ultimately, Flying Head ideologies of settler colonialism cannot be defeated by reasoned argument alone, but by structural transformations beyond the settler-colonial relations that necessitate and sustain them. Following diverse Indigenous theorists and activists, we briefly explore prefigurative resurgent practices and how Indigenous political imaginaries, like the Dish with One Spoon, offer alternatives to transcend the settler colonial present


Read the full article (available as open-access) here.

Cindy Blackstock interviewed for The Current with Mike Galloway

On May 31st, Cindy Blackstock, professor in the School of Social Work and executive director at the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, was featured in The Current with Matt Galloway. The Current is a CBC podcast covering a variety of perspectives and engaging in meaningful discussion.

In this segment, Blackstock and Galloway discuss the calls for accountability concerning the remains of the 215 children found following the investigation conducted by a specialist who was hired by Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation.

Listen to the segment here.




ISCEI is Hiring: Project Manager (Research)

The Project Manager supports and manages the research activities of the developing Institute by forging strong relationships and identifying opportunities for collaboration, both among McGill-based researchers, as well as in partnership with local Indigenous communities.

The Project Manager facilitates research and relationship-building through regular event planning, supervision of administrative coordinator, and development of initiatives, including the development of Indigenous Language Revitalization research and programming; Indigenous Elder-, Artist-, and Writer-in-Residence programs; and regular academic workshops and symposia.

Please share this with anyone who think would be interested!

Preference will be given to candidates of Indigenous identity in filling this position. Included in this category are First Nations (status or non-status), Inuit and Métis people, as well as Native Americans and Alaskan Natives from the USA.

Interested Applicants should apply here before June 14th. 

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