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Youth Fusion is Hiring

Founded in 2009, Youth Fusion is an award-winning charity that contributes to reducing dropout rates, developing 21st century skills and increasing community engagement among youth by implementing innovative experiential learning projects that create ongoing links between schools and communities. Currently, Youth Fusion is partnered with McGill to help students with career opportunities as well as mentored learning.

Every week, we work with 12,700 youth in 220 schools in rural and urban Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

Youth Fusion is presently hiring for various positions and we invite you to visit the Careers section of our website. We also wanted to put forward the following positions:

Youth Fusion highly values Indigenous knowledge; self-identifying Indigenous candidates are strongly encouraged to apply!

For more information or to apply you can contact Lydia Risi, Senior Director of Operations and Philanthropy – First Nations and Inuit communities (lrisi@fusionjeunesse.org).

McGill Welcomes new Indigenous Faculty

On October 27th, McGill formally welcomed seven Indigenous academic staff (one being a recent hire who was not able to attend precious ceremonies), following a series of hires across departments and faculties. The welcome ceremony took place virtually and included prayer and ceremony by Indigenous Elders.

This series of hires stems from the Provost’s Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education, who called upon the University to set a target of appointing at least 35 Indigenous tenure-track or tenured professors by 2032.

Welcome and congratulations again on joining McGill!

Click here to read the full article from the McGill Reporter to learn more about the new hires.

Indigenous Initiatives launches new Website

On October 27th, Indigenous Initiatives launched their new website. This web site is serves as a central information hub pertaining to the different Indigenous projects and programs throughout the University including the work of Indigenous Initiatives.

Indigenous Initiatives was created following the 2018 final report from the Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Inidgenous Education. The report called for fifty-two specific Calls to Action in total. One Call to Action was the creation of a central administrative unit to guide Indigenous strategies and initiatives throughout the University, and more importantly, act as steward of an overarching vision. As such, Indigenous Initiatives fills this role.

On the website, you can find many resources such as updates on the 52 Calls to Action, current research, partnerships and resources for faculty, staff and students among other central topics. Be sure to check it out!

McGill’s Student Chapter of AISES attends 2020 National Conference

AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) held its annual National Conference online from October 15 to October 17, and the McGill chapter, .caISES, attended. The National Conference aims at the promotion of Indigenous representation in STEM and celebrates the work being done by Indigenous students and researchers. The conference held networking suites, an opening ceremony, sessions for all tracks, research presentations, and career fairs, among other events.

McGill’s chapter attended the conference and won the Professional and Chapter Development Award for the second year in a row! The Professional and Chapter Development is a long-range AISES goal and aims to ensure that upon graduation, their members are prepared to enter the workforce.

AISES is a large student network consisting of chapters across universities, and its overall mission is to increase the representation of Indigenous peoples in STEM. McGill is part of the Canadian branch, which consists of McGill University, University of British Columbia, University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba and Queen’s University.

Congratulations!

 

McGill Students at AFN’s Youth Summit on Language Revitalization

The Assembly of First Nations hosted an online National Youth Gathering from the Languages and Culture Sector virtually over the weekend of October 17th and 18th. This gathering, Spirit Speakers: Our Languages, Our Future, was originally scheduled for March 27th-30th 2020, however, due to health concerns stemming from COVID-19, the gathering was canceled.

The gathering’s goal was to create a collaborative discussion space for youth to share their experiences, best practices, successes, challenges, and recommendations regarding the revitalization, promotion, and maintenance of Indigenous languages.

One of the organizers of the gathering is Isabelle Zwicker, an Anishinaabe student who is currently at McGill studying Law. In the gathering itself, Zwicker helped facilitate and moderate discussions as well as making sure that the gathering ran smoothly. As well, Vanessa Racine (an Anishinaabe student at McGill and Administrative Coordinator for ISCEI) attended the conference.

Some of the concerns that participants voiced were the lack of visibility of Indigenous languages both in schools as well as in general media.

The ideas, experiences, and comments from the First Nations youth participants were compiled into a report and will be shared with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and other leaders in language revitalization.

Indigenous Student Alliance raises funds for Joyce Echaquan

Over the last couple of weeks, the Indigenous Student Alliance (ISA) raised over 600.00$ to support Joyce Echaquan‘s family. In order to raise the funds, the ISA raffled a purse (see image) made by Karahkwinetha (Sage) Goodleaf, who is a Kanienʼkehá:ka student at McGill University.

The ISA is a community-based group of Indigenous students and allies working to improve student life on campus. They provide integrative support for Indigenous peoples attending McGill University, so that we may connect and share our Indigenous ways of knowing with each other and with non-I

ndigenous peoples in the community. Their vision is to develop networks and partnerships with university student groups and organizations through learning–teaching relationships that foster real and meaningful human development and community solidarity.

Joyce was a member of Atikamekw Nation from Manawan and was supporting seven children, may she rest in power. If you would like to further support Joyce’s family, donations are still being accepted on the GoFundMe page.

 

 

 

“What is a Guest? What is a Settler?”: Ruth Koleszar-Green Guest Lectures INDG 200

On Friday the 9th of October, the students from INDG 200 Introduction to Indigenous Studies welcomed Kanien’kehá:ka professor Ruth Koleszar-Green, from York University, to learn more about what is a guest and what is a settler and to understand further their responsibilities, as students of Indigenous studies, whether they are Indigenous or not.

Ruth Koleszar-Green is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at York University. Ruth uses She/her pronouns. She is the co-chair of the Indigenous Council at York University and the Special Advisor to the President on Indigenous Initiatives.

You can read professor Koleszar-Green’s paper on the subject here: Ruth Koleszar-Green. 2018. “What is a Guest? What is a Settler?” Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry, Fall 2018, 10(2): pp.166-177. https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/cpi/index.php/cpi/article/view/29452/21463

Pick Your Path returns for March Break Sessions

Last summer, Branches launched a mentorship program titled Pick Your Path, a four-week online learning experience. Indigenous students from highschool, CEGEP as well as university were able to participate in the program.

Pick Your Path provides students with the opportunity to explore a variety of academic fields as well as career exploration. It also provided an opportunity for Indigenous students to familiarize themselves with McGill, and how they can be part of the larger community. Branches seek to create equitable opportunities for students interested in pursuing academics. University Advancement recently published an article about the program, including this video:

Branches plans to offer two more sessions during March Break in 2021 for high school students. The program is offered to Indigenous students as well as those in underrepresented communities. To learn more about Branches’ outreach initiatives, check out their website!

Branches brings in new Student Ambassadors!

This year, Branches (McGill’s Community Outreach Program) hired two new student ambassadors. It is the first year Branches has hired ambassadors, and they will be helping in creating sustained relationships with Indigenous communities and helping empower younger students to engage in education. The two ambassadors this year are Amanda and Leon!

Amanda is a third-year BCL/JD student at the McGill Faculty of Law. Her grandmother was from Pikwakanagan First Nation, and her grandfather was a member of the Ontario Métis Nation. Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, she moved to Montreal during high school. Prior to studying law, she obtained a DEC in Liberal Arts from John Abbott College. One of her favourite parts of law school has been the opportunity to study Indigenous legal traditions and the relationship between the Canadian State and Indigenous peoples. Amanda is excited and very grateful to have the chance to broaden her understanding of Canada’s Indigenous communities by working at Branches.

As an Indigenous Ambassador, Amanda will be supporting Branches’ outreach programs, both by working on existing projects and creating new programming. She is especially looking forward to incorporating an Indigenous perspective, and involving Indigenous communities, in her work. 

Leon is Coast Salish from the Kwantlen First Nation, and is studying at the Desautels Faculty of Management pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in strategic management, a concentration in information systems, and a minor in Indigenous studies. Having been able to discover more about his Indigenous heritage through various courses in the Indigenous studies program at McGill, he has been able to extend and refine his existing knowledge and gain a greater view of Indigenous nations as a whole. Currently based in Richmond, BC due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he has been able to continue his studies at McGill in his home community, while having the chance to meet community leaders through his sister, Atheana Picha, who is a practicing Coast Salish artist in Vancouver.

Being a part of the Branches Program, as well as the Welcome Centre, Leon will be working on various projects throughout the year including the redevelopment of McGill tours through the inclusion of Indigenous content, as well as various outreach and recruitment projects ranging from podcasts, to webinars, to panels.

To learn more about Branches and what they do, be sure to check out their webpage. We are so excited to see what the new ambassadors will be up to this year! 

Political Science professor Yann Allard-Tremblay receives SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Yann Allard-Tremblay, a recently-hired professor in the Department of Political Science, received an SSHRC Insight Development Grant. The grant funding supports research projects by scholars to develop new research questions and/or approaches. In the 2019-20 applicant pool, Allard-Tremblay received a total of $44,943 for 2 years.
Allard-Tremblay’s research focuses on “Disjunctive Indigenous Resistance and the Transformation of Political Thought”. The project “sets itself the problem of thinking about politics in light of the specific Canadian context of settler colonialism. It seeks to offer a theoretical synthesis and elucidation of the literature on Indigenous resurgence and revitalization. As well, it seeks to build on this synthesis to contribute to the decolonization and indigenization of Political theory; and to the reconciliation of Western political theory with Indigenous political thought.”
Congratulations on receiving the grant!
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