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What it Means to be a Knowledge Holder with Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk

The Indigenous Studies Program will be hosting a discussion with Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk this Wednesday as a part of the Knowledge Holder series. Koperqualuk will discuss what it means to be a knowledge holder.

“Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk was born in Puvirnituq, Northern Quebec (Nunavik). Fluent in Inuktitut, English and French, Lisa acted as Communications Officer for Makivik Corporation for seven years and participated in various regional, national and international fora such as Inuit Circumpolar Council General Assemblies in Kuujjuaq 2002, in Barrow 2006 (as a delegate) and elected in July 2018 in Utqiaġvik as Vice-President International for ICC Canada. She works for Inuit interests in self-determination advocating Inuit political and economic autonomy, social justice (particularly through Inuit law), and protection of the environment, culture and language.”

This event is open to the First Peoples’ House and other members of the Indigenous community at McGill.

Please register using this link.

March Office Hours: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

On March 8th between 11-12pm, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson will be hosting office hours virtually. Office hours are open to the members of the McGill community, and you can sign up by commenting on the timeslot with your name and email here.

Sign up is first-come, first-serve!

Department of Family Medicine presents: Armchair Discussion with an Inuk Family Doctor

The Department of Family Medicine presents an armchair discussion with Dr. Jill Watts and Richard Budgell.

Dr. Watts is an Inuk family doctor who has practiced medicine in Miramichi, New Brunswick for almost 30 years. She will discuss her experiences with Professor Richard Budgell, a professor of practice in the Department of Family Medicine.

This event will take place on February 25th from 6:00-7:15 PM. More information can be found on their website.

Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk Presents: “Determining Our Future: Self Governance for Nunavik Inuit”

On February 15th at 3pm EST, tune into a lecture from Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk, the 2021 Indigenous Knowledge Holder for the McGill Indigenous Studies Minor Program! The registration link can be found here.

In 2018, the Inuit of Nunavik mandated the Makivik Corporation to “negotiate with Canada and Quebec in order to establish a form of Indigenous government based on Inuit values, identity, culture and language.” In 2019, Makivik and the federal government signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Self-Determination, in order to structure the self-determination discussions to come. Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk, Makivik’s Chief Negotiator in this negotiation process, reflects on the Nunavik Inuit journey to formalize Inuit self-determination within Canada.

Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk was born in Puvirnituq, Northern Quebec (Nunavik). Fluent in Inuktitut, English and French, Lisa acted as Communications Officer for Makivik Corporation for seven years and participated in various regional, national, and international fora such as Inuit Circumpolar Council General Assemblies in Kuujjuaq 2002, in Barrow 2006 (as a delegate) and elected in July 2018 in Utqiaġvik as Vice-President International for ICC Canada. She works for Inuit interests in self-determination advocating Inuit political and economic autonomy, social justice (particularly through Inuit law), and protection of the environment, culture, and language.

Office Hours: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Take a moment to meet Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, our Writer-in-Residence, and learn more about her work. You can sign up for her office hours using this sheet. Once you comment on the time slot, you will receive confirmation and a link to the office space.

See below for the date and times available:

Office Hours 

February 15th, (11-12pm) 

March 8th,  (11-12pm) – Monday  

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. Her work breaks open the intersections between politics,  story and song—bringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity.

Office hours are available to McGill students, faculty and staff. If there is interest in adding more office hours, please email ISCEI (iscei@mcgill.ca) to discuss possible date/times for upcoming hours.

Our Stories, Our Knowledge: A Storytelling Session

A conversation with Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk, the 2021 Indigenous Knowledge Holder for the McGill Indigenous Studies Minor Program.

This event is open to members of the McGill community.

Storytelling is central to the teaching of Inuit worldviews, knowledges, and ethics. Join Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk as she teaches of the interconnections between community, family, land, and animal life, through story.

Friday Feb 19, 10 am-11:30 am
Registration link: click here 

Guest Lecture: Jeff Corntassel on Indigenous Resurgence

On the 17th of February, the students from POLI 622 will welcome Jeff Corntassel for a guest lecture about Indigenous resurgence.

Jeff Corntassel (Cherokee Nation), received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Arizona in 1998. His research and teaching interests include Indigenous political movements, community resurgence, and sustainable self-determination.

Jeff’s first book, Forced Federalism: Contemporary Challenges to Indigenous Nationhood (2008, University of Oklahoma Press), examines how Indigenous nations in the US have mobilized politically as they encounter new threats to their governance from state policymakers. Jeff’s next book is a co-edited volume (with Professor Tom Holm) entitled The Power of Peoplehood: Regenerating Indigenous Nations (forthcoming), which brings together native scholars from Canada and the US to discuss contemporary strategies for revitalizing Indigenous communities.

 

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Leanne Simpson Presents: “A Short History of the Blockade: Beavers, Affirmation and Generative Refusal”

See below for a poster on Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s upcoming Public Talk. This talk is free and open to the general public. It will take place on February 4th, at 10am.

 

Meet Leanne Betasamosake Simpson: New Writer in Residence

ISCEI is thrilled to welcome Leanne Betasamosake Simpson as the first ISCEI Writer-in-Residence, in collaboration with the Mordecai Richler Writer-in-Residence series.

Simpson is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg writer, musician, and academic. She has worked as an independent scholar for two decades and lectured at universities across Canada and the United States. In her work, she deals with ideas of Indigenous environmentalisms and land-based knowledge, resurgence and resilience, and Indigenous futurities. She holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba and currently teaches at Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning. She is a member of Alderville First Nation.

Some of her notable works include Dancing on Our Turtle’s BackIslands of Decolonial Love, and most recently, Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies and its accompanying album Noopiming Sessions.

More information about Leanne and her work can be found at her website.

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