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McGill Student and Professor attend 2020 Beading Symposium

The 2020 Beading Symposium: Ziigimenshin, was held February 6-9th. It is the second iteration of the Beading Symposia, with the first being held in Tkaronto in 2019. This year’s iteration took place in Winnipeg and was organized by the Manitoba Craft Council (MCC) in partnership with Urban Shaman, Manitoba Museum, with ancillary programming by MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art). The symposium served as a place to contribute to the scholarly study of Contemporary Indigenous Art, with a focus on community and the role beadwork has in it.

With travel funding support from the Andrew W. Mellon-funded ISCEI, McGill Art History student Hana Nikčević and Professor Gloria Bell traveled to attend the symposium.

Alongside the symposium, attendees were also able to visit exhibitions such as Endurance ….. Patience curated by Daina Warren at Urban Shaman and Community Beading Table Group Show curated by Niahm Dooley at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA).

Hana Nikcevic discussed her experience at the Symposium, and particularly appreciated “the chance to learn about beadwork as a creative practice with resonances for cultural heritage, intergenerational knowledge transfer, community building, and aesthetic experimentation.”

The Symposium also focused on contemporary beading and encouraged participants to bring their own projects to work on at the many beading tables that fostered community and new connections. Ziigimenshin provided a space to explore and create a dialogue about the interrelatedness of history and present, theory and practice, creativity, and community.

To learn more about ISCEI’s funding opportunities, click here!

ISCEI community engagement funding and RA opportunities

Calls for funding for Indigenous community engagement projects, as well as a note about RA opportunities, are posted on the new ISCEI website here: The fall round of funding proposals are due September 15th.

ISCEI administrative coordinator position

ISCEI is looking for a full-time administrative coordinator to help develop Indigenous programming, provide administrative support, and serve as a liaison between academic initiatives and Indigenous communities on and off campus. The full position posting and details for how to apply can be found here.

Experience working with Indigenous communities and Indigenous initiatives in Canada, with a strong preference for candidates with experience in Indigenous language revitalization. Ability to serve as a liaison between community-based and university-based initiatives, and to help build connections and develop activities and programming. Excellent problem-solving, prioritizing, and organizational skills, with a demonstrated ability to multi-task, take initiative, meet deadlines, and work autonomously. Self-motivated, team-oriented with excellent interpersonal skills, communicating both internally and externally to McGill with academics, staff, Indigenous communities and community organizations, and government officials. Proven experience with project management, and with event organisation and promotion.

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