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Gabrielle Doreen awarded Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Yakotennikonhrare (Gabrielle) Doreen has been awarded the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) and is one of the 2021 Vanier Canada Scholars for her doctoral project titled:

Wampum Theories: An Appropriate Philosophical Foundation for Kanienke’hà:ka Land-based Immersion Schools

Gabrielle’s project ranked #2 out of 195, and was featured in the launch of the official results. Congratulations Gabrielle!

The Vanier CGS is valued at $50,000 per year for three years during doctoral studies and considers three equally weighted selection criteria: Academic Excellence, Research Potential, and Leadership.
More on Vanier CGS:
The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) program in 2008 to strengthen Canada’s ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning. Vanier Scholars demonstrate leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences and/or engineering and health.




Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ): Traditional Knowledge in the Contemporary World Virtual Roundtable

In March 2021, Aaju Peter, Inuit cultural advisor and lecturer, began a ceremony with the lighting of the sacred Qulliq, a traditional lamp. The Qulliq’s lighting opened McGill’s first Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ): Traditional Knowledge in the Contemporary World Virtual Roundtable, organized by McGill’s Professor Marianne Stenbaek.

The Virtual Roundtable was supported in part by funds from a SSHRC Connection Grant, which support events and outreach activities to exchange knowledge and to engage with participants on research. The aims of the roundtable included to showcase Inuit culture and wisdom, and to explore how Inuit traditional knowledge is relevant to contemporary society, both for Inuit and non-Inuit peoples. Featuring Inuit and non-Inuit scholars, artists, and activists from across Inuit Nunaat and Lower Canada, the day comprised of three sessions: “We Believed in the Words of Our Elders”; “Our past, Our Present, Our Future”; and “Honoring the Timeless Creative Genius of the Inuit.” 

Click here to read more about this event, which was written by Wáhiakatste Diome-Deer

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: vanessa.racine2@mcgill.ca

New Website: Office for Meditation and Reporting (OMR)

The new Office for Mediation and Reporting (OMR) website (http://mcgill.ca/omr) 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 omr@mcgill.ca
  2. Reporting forms are available to download on the website here and here; and
  3. feedback form on the site.


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. 


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. 

Commemorative Drumming at Jeanne Mance Park

Tonight (May 31st) at 7pm, there will be a commemorative drumming session in honour of the 215 Indigenous youth found at the Kamloops residential school.

Nakuset will be meeting everyone at the statue, before leading the group elsewhere. Indigenous community members are asked to bring their drums.


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