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Terry Young joins ISCEI as Project Manager

Terry Young will be joining ISCEI as Program Manager, starting full time in October.

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.

Terry will be facilitating research and relationship-building through regular event planning, supervision of ISCEI’s 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.

Terry Young is Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) and hails from Kingsclear First Nation located in New Brunswick. For the last 15 years, he’s resided on the Kanienkehaka Territory of Tiotake (Montreal) with his husband Justin Mahoney.

Young holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Thomas University, with a double major in Native Studies and Anthropology. He’s also received formal training on Community Planning and Development from Dalhousie University.

Both a pipe carrier for his people and a carrier of traditional Wolastoqew songs, Young has participated for many years in ceremonies with various Nations from all over Turtle Island. He is also a traditional ash basket maker, a craft he’s honed for more than 20 years.

Congratulations Terry!

Pick Your Path Summer Programming Begins August 2nd

Pick Your Path is an online career exploration and mentorship program for Indigenous youth happening from August 2nd to the 13th. Pick Your Path is a program developed by BRANCHES, with the goal to pique the interest of Indigenous students in education by offering an opportunity that gives exposure to various areas of study.

Pick Your Path! (PYP) is an online learning experience for Indigenous summer students between the ages of 16-25. BRANCHES will be providing students the opportunity to have a paid professional development and education experience from a distance. PYP students will meet weekly with an Indigenous post-secondary student mentor, with the program coordinator, and in a group setting. Additionally, students will attend online workshops and seminars led by Indigenous and non-Indigenous professionals and professors.

To learn more about BRANCHES, click here!

Sandra-Lynn Leclaire Presents “Reclaiming Haudenosaunee Archival Language Sources” in Owén:na Tweathá:rakw

On Thursday August 5th at 2pm, Sandra-Lynn Leclaire will be presenting “Reclaiming Haudenosaunee Archival Language Sources” in the panel series, Owén:na Tweathá:rakw.

Owén:na Tweathá:rakw is a panel series co-organized by ISCEI and Ionkwahronkha’onhátie’ with the goal of furthering knowledge and awareness about tools for language learning, transmission, and documentation, and identifying topics and tools to help language learners gain knowledge and skills in areas of interest in their language-learning paths.

More on Sandra-Lynn’s talk:

An important aspect of language revitalization that is often overlooked is the use of primary sources due to a lack of collaborative efforts and sharing of knowledge between linguists, historians, archivists, and Indigenous communities. One goal of my research is to provide Haudenosaunee community members with information about what Haudenosaunee language archival sources exist and how they can gain access to them. A large focus of my work has been on the manuscripts that French Jesuit missionaries worked on in the 1600s and early 1700s. With their advanced linguistic knowledge, they created and compiled both dictionaries and grammatical sketches. The work of the Jesuits and other Europeans is often seen as controversial, but these language documents have played a formative role in language revitalization. Primary source dictionaries and grammatical sketches can help us to comprehend historical changes in both Kanien’keha history and the Kanien’keha language.

If you are a second language speaker of Kanien’keha and would like to attend this talk, please email vanessa.racine2@mcgill.ca for more information.

National Building Reconciliation Forum Registration Now Open

The registration for the 2021 National Building Reconciliation Forum is now open!

The National Building Reconciliation Forum seeks to rally and bring together the main actors in the world of Indigenous education and all post-secondary institutions in Quebec and across Canada. As well, it will serve as a springboard to ensure that the ideas discussed at the forum come to fruition and that they help support Indigenous people in the process of taking charge of education by and for First Peoples and transforming Québec and Canadian society.

You can register with the link below:


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 

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