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“Reframing Indigenous Relations Through Economic Reconciliation” presented by David Carrière-Acco

The School of Continuing Studies presents an in-person talk, “Reframing Indigenous Relations through Economic Reconciliation” by David David Carrière-Acco (Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation) at the McCord Museum.

This event took place October 14th at noon and you can watch the livestreamed event on the School of Continuing Studies’ YouTube channel.

McGill Anthropology Speaker Series Presents: Andrew Martindale

On Monday October 18th at 12:30pm, Andrew Martindale (University of British Columbia) will be giving a lecture on “Quantifying Uncertainty: The Challenges of Using Ground-Penetrating Radar to Identify Unmarked Graves in  Residential School Contexts”.

This talk is part of McGill Anthropology Speaker Series and supported by ISCEI. Registration can be found in the poster, but you can also register here to attend the talk.

Andrew Martindale is an anthropological archaeologist whose research and teaching expertise has focused on the Northwest Coast and includes the history and archaeology of complex hunter-gatherers of western North America, the archaeology and ethnohistory of cultural contact and colonialism, archaeology and law, space-syntax analysis of architecture and households, and the use of indigenous oral records in archaeology.

See full poster here!

Buckskin Babes Urban Moosehide Tanning Collective: Fall 2021 Hide Camp

Join 2021 Fall Hide Camp hosted by Buckskin Babes. Camp takes place between Saturday Oct. 9th, 2021 – Wednesday Oct. 20th, 2021 from 8:00AM – 4:00PM daily. Two days have been set aside for drop-ins, both for students and the urban community:

Thursday Oct 14th 2021: Drop-in day welcoming Indigenous students in the area to join.
Friday Oct 15th 2021: Drop-in day welcoming urban Indigenous community to join

At the camp, the collective will be working on the 2nd stage of 2 moose hides with Algonquin cultural educator, Grace Ratt of Rapid Lake. They have an additional 2 moose hides to work on from start to finish as well! Daily meals will not be provided as per Covid protocols, so individuals are responsible for their meals. The camp will take place RAIN or SHINE so please prepare and dress for the weather.

Located at Bâtiment 7 in Pointe Ste Charles at:
1900 Rue le Ber Suite 201,
Montreal, Quebec H3K 2A4
Free parking is available on site

For more information (what to bring, protocols, etc), please see the full poster here. 

Watch the Virtual Round Table on UNDRIP

On September 14th, McGill hosted a virtual roundtable on UNDRIP for Indigenous Awareness Weeks, moderated by Yann Allard-Tremblay and opened by Geraldine Standup.

The panel features Eddie Cubillo (Larrakia, Wadjigan and Central Arrente), Sheryl Lightfoot (Anishinaabe), Dr. Claire Charters (Ngati Whakaue, Tuwharetoa, Nga Puhi and Tainui), June L. Lorenzo (Laguna Pueblo/Navajo) and Romeo Saganash (Eeyou).

Watch the full panel here:

Gather and Harvest at Redpath Museum Pollinator Patches during the Harvest Moon

In honour of the 2021 Fall equinox and the Harvest Moon we would like to offer the McGill community a chance to gather and harvest from the two Museum Pollinator patches.

This year the Harvest Moon happens on Monday, September 20—just two days prior to the September equinox. The full Moon that occurs nearest to the autumnal equinox is always called the ”Harvest Moon” because around the fall equinox, the full Moon rises around sunset for several nights in a row, which traditionally provided farmers with just enough extra light for them to finish their harvests before the killing frosts of fall set in. Normally, the Moon rises about an hour later each night, but around the time of the fall equinox, the angle of the Moon’s orbit and the tilt of the Earth line up just right and cause the Moon to rise only about 20 to 30 minutes later each night for several nights in a row.

Please take advantage of these extra minutes of sunlight to harvest from the Redpath Museum’s two gardens. You will find the locations and lots of notes  pinned in this downloadable StoryMap about foraging at McGill University’s downtown campus.

For example, in the Pollinator patch located beside the Burnside building you will find culinary herbs such as winter savory, sage and thyme, as well as roots from the medicinal plant Valerian. In the Pollinator patch located beside the Museum’s Geological Rock garden (west side of main entrance) you can harvest seed pods from the Delphinium and the Columbine.

If you are interested in spreading seeds collected from our hardy pollinator species such as Calendula (Calendula officinale), Eastern red columbine (Aquilegia) or Mallow (Malva sp.) please directly contact Ingrid Birker: ingrid.birker@mcgill.ca

Research Spotlight: Jade LaFontaine on Bridging the Distance; Online Teaching Tools for Indigenous Language Instruction

See a small update from Jade LaFontaine, a graduate student in the Faculty of Education who received funding from ISCEI for her research.

I have finished my data collection and data analysis for my project: Bridging the Distance; Online Teaching Tools for Indigenous Language Instruction. I am working alongside teachers from Kanawakhe to find which online tools they prefer for online language instruction, as well as what they feel are missing from existing tools.

I also gave a workshop presentation to demonstrate to the teachers some potential project ideas using the tool list I created, as well as 19 video tutorials! I’m currently writing my thesis for December deadline.


McGill Reporter on Indigenous Awareness Week

McGill’s Indigenous Awareness Weeks (IAW) celebration is always a special event. One of the first major events of the new academic year, IAW brings together members of the University community to talk, to share and to learn about Indigenous peoples’ cultures.

But this year’s edition of IAW is even more special. “It’s a milestone event because this is our 10th anniversary,” says Carole Brazeau, Program Manager, Indigenous Initiatives. “In addition, IAW will end with the 20th anniversary edition of the First Peoples’ House Pow Wow. And, to top it off, IAW is part of McGill’s Bicentennial year. We have a lot to celebrate.”

Read the full article here.


KEC Education Research Policy and Code of Research Ethics

Recently, the Kahnawà:ke Education Center (KEC) has published Education Research Policy and Code of Research Ethics as a way to provide guidance and leadership in conducting ethically responsible research within KEC schools.

This policy explains the principles, protocols and procedures for conducting education research in partnership with the KEC. The contents provide a clear and concise guide for the development of respectful and ethical community-based research that benefits all parties interested in engaging with educational research in Kahnawà:ke while also preventing unauthorized research to take place.

Read the full document here.

ISP is Hiring! Administrative Student Affairs Coordinator

The Indigenous Studies Program is searching for an Administrative Student Affairs Coordinator. Please share with anyone you know who may be interested in this role.

Under the direction of the immediate supervisor, provides administrative and secretarial support for administrative and student affairs activities. Participates in ensuring the smooth functioning of the unit’s operations. Responsible for documents and files of unit. Acts as resource person for policies and procedures. Coordinates activities related to admission, examinations, registration and graduation. Advises students and resolves problems in relation to their files. Edits documents for grammar and accuracy. Administers unit accounts.

Proven experience working with Indigenous communities or organizations assisting as a community liaison. Ability to support increasing the presence of Indigenous faculty, staff, and students on campus in addition to expanding its Indigenous initiatives and student mentoring.

See the full job listing here.

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. Candidates with existing relationships to local Indigenous communities are especially encouraged to apply.


Kanónhskon tewatewennaweiénstha’: Language Learning in the Home

On Thursday August 19, Ionkwahronkha’onhátie’ hosted a panel, Kanónhskon tewatewennaweiénstha’ (language learning in the home) with the support of ISCEI. The panel was in an immersion setting with limited English and was part of the final week in the Speaker Series, Owén:na Tewahthá:rahkw.

In the panel, they discussed some of the experiences of teaching language in the home. Panelists discussed the rewards and challenges that come with language learning, raising their children as first language speakers and their experiences as being both parent and teacher, with a Q/A period at the end.

See recordings and videos of the speaker series on Ionkwahronkha’onhátie’s Facebook Page.

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