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Tertulia – Caroline Ennis on the 1979 Tobique Women’s March to Ottawa

Caroline Ennis, organizer of the 1979 Tobique Women’s March to Ottawa, will deliver a talk on how she and other Wolastoqiyik women of Tobique First Nation organized to stop gender discrimination in the Indian Act on Wednesday, March 31 at 6:30pm (Eastern Time) on Zoom. Please note the event information below is stated in Atlantic Time.

Watch on Zoom here. 

Stayed updated/spread the word on Facebook.

Caroline Ennis was a student at St. Thomas University when she organized a historical march from Tobique to Ottawa to end gender discrimination in the Indian Act in 1979.

Two participants will win a copy of Enough is Enough: Aboriginal Women Speak Out by Janet Silman, courtesy of Canadian Scholars/Women’s Press.

What is a tertulia? A tertulia can be described as a kind of philosophy café where participants talk about big thinkers, artists and ideas. This winter, Tertulias Fredericton has put together a series on activists and social movements that have shaped our lives and allowed us to imagine a better future.

Tertulias Fredericton is supported by the NB Media Co-op, publisher of videos of the Tertulia talks, the Atlantic Regional Solidarity Network, book publishers FernwoodBetween the LinesVerso and Canadian Scholars Women’s Press.

Panel: “Engaging with Indigenous Law: Redefining our Responsibilities” presented by the Faculty of Law

On March 31st from 1-2:30pm, join in on a reading and discussion event organized by Indigenous students and professors from the Faculty of Law. Inspired by the fabled meeting place in ancient Rome, the CHRLP Forum Reading Group on Power, Mobilization, and Change is founded on the principles of inclusive citizenship and deliberative democracy.

This forum will be led by students Simon FiliatraultPoonam Sandhu, and Sayre Potter in conversation with Professor Aaron Mills. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Omar Farahat.

This panel will raise and attempt to address the following questions: how do students’ experience of learning about Indigenous sharpens their sense of social justice? How does studying Indigenous law inform the duty to give Indigenous peoples their rightful place in Canada?

Event details:

Date/Time: March 31st, 1-2:30pm EST

Price: Free

Event link: https://mcgill.zoom.us/j/88094696717

Suggested readings are made available on the official event page.




IHPP Student Workshop

The Indigenous Health Professions Program will be hosting the second installment of their Student Workshop Series on March 22nd from 5-7 PM. The discussion topic for this event is “Navigating Anti-Indigenous Racism at Work and in the Classroom”. Dr. Kent Saylor, Thomasina Phillips, and Erin Patton will lead discussion based on their experiences, followed by a Q&A and case discussion. For more information, contact indigenous.health@mcgill.ca. This event is open to all Indigenous students.

Use this link to register.

Student Spotlight: Leon Picha

Every other week, meet an Indigenous student in our spotlight series! This week’s student spotlight features Leon Picha, and the initiatives he is currently part of:

Could you tell me a little bit about yourself? What are you studying at McGill?

My name is Leon Picha, and I am Coast Salish from the Kwantlen First Nation in British Columbia. I currently work for the Branches Program within Enrolment Services at McGill to help deliver various programming and provide outreach and support to prospective Indigenous students which has been enjoyable and a very fun way to compliment my studies. I’m in my U1 year where I am working towards a Bachelor’s of Commerce in the Desautels Faculty of Management. I am majoring in strategic management with a concentration in information systems on top of a minor in Indigenous studies.

How did you get involved with Branches?

I got into working with Branches after I met Jeffrey Morneau, who works in Indigenous Recruitment at the McGill Pow Wow back when I was fresh and new and McGill. We kept in contact, I shared my ideas for the future of McGill, and the Branches Program had introduced a new position which they had referred me to. One thing led to another, and now I can say I’m loving the work I’m doing, I’m meeting super cool people, working with people I admire, and things are continuing to amaze me day-by-day.

Are there any projects you guys are working on that you’re particularly excited about?

Something I’m definitely excited about is the Soup & Bannock Podcast. That’s the main project I’ve been working on, where we have a nice time to talk about Indigenous futures, and the present in a given industry. We have a podcast coming up soon where we’re focusing on the mental health field – it is super exciting with just as exciting guests!

Postponed: Art Night

Art Night: Celebrating Indigenous Students at McGill, hosted by ISCEI in collaboration with SSMU Indigenous Affairs will now be hosted on the 25th of March at 7:30 PM. If you would like to submit any creative work, please send it to artnight.bicentennial@gmail.com.

For more information on the event and to register, please see our Facebook event.

Film Screening: SGaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife)

On Thursday at 8pm EST, in collaboration with SLUM (Society of Linguistics Undergrads at McGill), there will be a screening of SGaawaay K’uuna (Edge of the Knife). The McGill Indigenous community is also invited to join in and watch the film!

SGaawaay K’uuna (2018) was co-directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown. It is the first feature film spoken only in the Haida language.

To sign up for this event, you can register here.

Watch the trailer below:

Art Night: A Bicentennial Celebration of Indigenous Student Talent

In collaboration with SSMU Indigenous Affairs, join us on March 18th at 7:30pm to listen to poetry, essays, and art made by Indigenous students (and alumni) at McGill University. This event is part of the wider Bicentennial celebrations. Art Night intends to celebrate the Indigenous student community and individuality.
This event is open to the Indigenous community at McGill and student allies, to share and foster community.
If you are an Indigenous student at McGill and would like to submit any of your work, please send to:
You can register for the event here.

“Freedom Through Food Sovereignty”

Canadian Roots Exchange will be hosting a panel discussion on community methods of reclaiming traditional food ways on March 11th at 6PM EST. This panel will feature Raven Swamp, former Miss Indian World and current student at McGill University, Anna Saucier of Indigenous Seed Keepers, and Jordan Morton, Indigenous Food Sovereignty Facilitator for CHEP Good Food Inc. To register and learn more about the panelists, please see their Facebook event.

Curatorial Intern Posting: Visual Arts Collection

The Visual Arts Collection is looking to hire an Indigenous undergraduate student as a curatorial intern. Please see the posting below for more information.

Position Title : Curatorial Intern for Indigenous Art, Visual Arts Collection, McGill Library
The McGill Visual Arts Collection, a member of McGill Library’s ROAAr (Rare & Special Collections, Osler, Art, and Archives), has nearly 3,000 works of art on display across the University’s campuses. SSMU’s Library Improvement Fund has recently allocated funds to increase the number of artworks from the Collection on display across Library spaces, with a focus on increasing the presence of artwork by Indigenous artists. Working with the Visual Arts Collection’s curatorial staff, the Curatorial Intern will participate in the planning and creation of new Curated Spaces that feature Indigenous art. As well, the intern will assist in the planning and development of a virtual display of works from the VAC’s Indigenous art collection for the Faculty of Engineering.
The Curatorial Intern for Indigenous Art will be active in the process of selecting artwork from the Collection for these projects and contextualizing displays by assisting with the production of wall labels and tour scripts, as well as blog posts and other communication material.
The Curatorial Intern will also have an opportunity to participate in the ongoing activities of the VAC, like cataloguing the existing Collection in a new, searchable database called Collection Space. Working under the guidance and supervision of museum professionals, the experience will prove invaluable to anyone looking to build a career in this field.
Good organizational skills, excellent attention to detail, and the ability to work well in a team are required. An indigenous background is preferred. Applicant should have superior communications skills in English (reading, writing, speaking), as well as, preferably, a basic knowledge of French (speaking knowledge especially important) and an Indigenous language.
Total length of employment, hours and pay for each position:
$15.50 per hour, plus benefits in accordance with AMUSE agreement
Winter 2021: 10 hours a week, start immediately
Summer 2021: 35 hours a week starting May 2021
Total number of positions to be made available : One (1)
This position is funded by SSMU; applicants must be undergraduate students to be eligible.
For more information about the McGill Visual Arts Collection: www.mcgill.ca/vacollection.”

Research Assistant Posting: Looking for Students!

Position Summary:

Chelsea Vowel, in Indigenous Writes, covers diverse terms used by Indigenous peoples to refer to white people/settlers. Under the supervision of Professor Yann Allard-Tremblay, the RA will be asked to carry out a similar survey of terms used in different Indigenous languages to refers to white people/settlers, to note the meaning attached and to clearly reference their sources. Though the primary focus of this research will be North America, the RA will also be invited to extend their survey to other colonial contexts. For instance, Antjie Krog in Begging to be Black notes that the term for white people in Sesotho can be understood as those “who lack respect for other human beings” (Krog 2009, 59).



Conduct a survey of terms used in different Indigenous languages that refer to white people/settlers

Organize collected terms and report to supervisor (Yann Allard-Tremblay)


Understanding of Indigenous history and colonial contexts

Student must have taken courses in Indigenous Studies prior to applying for this position



$18/hour for a total of 100 hours, with a possibility of contract renewal

The total number of work hours/week is flexible.


Preference will be given to Indigenous students in filling this position. Interested students should send a resumé and short statement of interest to Prof. Yann Allard-Tremlay: yann.allard-tremblay@mcgill.ca.

Application Deadline: March 19th

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