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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. 

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!

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.

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