Indigenous Awareness Weeks: Medicine Walk on the Gault Nature Reserve (French)

Join in on a virtual medicine walk with Michel Durand Nolett (Abénaki), who introduces and discusses some of the medicinal plants at the Gault Nature Reserve. Note that this video series is presented in French.

To watch all the videos, click here! 


McGill Anthropology Speaker Series: Eldon Yellowhorn

On Friday September 24th at 12:30pm, Eldon Yellowhorn (Simon Fraser University) will be presenting “Finding Indigenous Children: Forensic Anthropology and Restorative Justice” for a speaker series hosted by the Department of Anthropology.

Dr. Yellowhorn is Piikani and has family and cultural ties to the Peigan Indian Reserve.His early career in archaeology began in southern Alberta where he studied the ancient cultures of the plains. He is especially interested in the mythology and folklore of his Piikani ancestors in both ancient and recent times.

He was appointed to faculty at Simon Fraser University in 2002 and established the Department of First Nations Studies in 2012. He is the past president of the Canadian Archaeological Association (2010–2012) and the first Aboriginal person to hold this title. He continues his involvement in the CAA and is now the co-chair of the Ethics Committee. He is also working on the Ethics Task Force with the Society for American Archaeology as it reviews its statement of ethics for its membership

Click here to register! 

Watch the Virtual Round Table on UNDRIP

On September 14th, McGill hosted a virtual roundtable on UNDRIP for Indigenous Awareness Weeks, moderated by Yann Allard-Tremblay and opened by Geraldine Standup.

The panel features Eddie Cubillo (Larrakia, Wadjigan and Central Arrente), Sheryl Lightfoot (Anishinaabe), Dr. Claire Charters (Ngati Whakaue, Tuwharetoa, Nga Puhi and Tainui), June L. Lorenzo (Laguna Pueblo/Navajo) and Romeo Saganash (Eeyou).

Watch the full panel here:

Gather and Harvest at Redpath Museum Pollinator Patches during the Harvest Moon

In honour of the 2021 Fall equinox and the Harvest Moon we would like to offer the McGill community a chance to gather and harvest from the two Museum Pollinator patches.

This year the Harvest Moon happens on Monday, September 20—just two days prior to the September equinox. The full Moon that occurs nearest to the autumnal equinox is always called the ”Harvest Moon” because around the fall equinox, the full Moon rises around sunset for several nights in a row, which traditionally provided farmers with just enough extra light for them to finish their harvests before the killing frosts of fall set in. Normally, the Moon rises about an hour later each night, but around the time of the fall equinox, the angle of the Moon’s orbit and the tilt of the Earth line up just right and cause the Moon to rise only about 20 to 30 minutes later each night for several nights in a row.

Please take advantage of these extra minutes of sunlight to harvest from the Redpath Museum’s two gardens. You will find the locations and lots of notes  pinned in this downloadable StoryMap about foraging at McGill University’s downtown campus.

For example, in the Pollinator patch located beside the Burnside building you will find culinary herbs such as winter savory, sage and thyme, as well as roots from the medicinal plant Valerian. In the Pollinator patch located beside the Museum’s Geological Rock garden (west side of main entrance) you can harvest seed pods from the Delphinium and the Columbine.

If you are interested in spreading seeds collected from our hardy pollinator species such as Calendula (Calendula officinale), Eastern red columbine (Aquilegia) or Mallow (Malva sp.) please directly contact Ingrid Birker:

Research Spotlight: Jade LaFontaine on Bridging the Distance; Online Teaching Tools for Indigenous Language Instruction

See a small update from Jade LaFontaine, a graduate student in the Faculty of Education who received funding from ISCEI for her research.

I have finished my data collection and data analysis for my project: Bridging the Distance; Online Teaching Tools for Indigenous Language Instruction. I am working alongside teachers from Kanawakhe to find which online tools they prefer for online language instruction, as well as what they feel are missing from existing tools.

I also gave a workshop presentation to demonstrate to the teachers some potential project ideas using the tool list I created, as well as 19 video tutorials! I’m currently writing my thesis for December deadline.


McGill Reporter on Indigenous Awareness Week

McGill’s Indigenous Awareness Weeks (IAW) celebration is always a special event. One of the first major events of the new academic year, IAW brings together members of the University community to talk, to share and to learn about Indigenous peoples’ cultures.

But this year’s edition of IAW is even more special. “It’s a milestone event because this is our 10th anniversary,” says Carole Brazeau, Program Manager, Indigenous Initiatives. “In addition, IAW will end with the 20th anniversary edition of the First Peoples’ House Pow Wow. And, to top it off, IAW is part of McGill’s Bicentennial year. We have a lot to celebrate.”

Read the full article here.


New Indigenous Faculty Lecturer in the School of Continuing Studies

The School of Continuing Studies (SCS) is pleased to welcome announce that the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) is welcoming George R Kennedy a new Faculty Lecturer. George joined SCS this August and is currently making his journey from New Hamburg, Ontario to Montreal to join us on campus.

George Kennedy is from Oneida nation turtle clan family.  His academic background includes a BA in History from University of Waterloo, MA in history from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Western Ontario. His primary research interest is Haudenosaunee diplomacy from ancient times up the Great Peace of Montreal. He developed a wholistic methodology based on the mind, body, and spirit to examine history. This is a well-balanced culturally based approach, which acknowledges ethical issues when utilizing Indigenous knowledge.

George, taught diverse courses at First Nations University, Western University, Wilfrid University and Conestago College where he also served on various committees. His professional experience also includes developing multiple educational and support programs that fostered student academic success and partnered with multiple First Nations and Indigenous Communities. George also has over 20 years of volunteer experience with various Boards of Directors and organizations that work for the betterment of this generation and those yet to be born.

George’s experience and knowledge will provide valuable contribution to SCS and the rest of McGill University community.

Please join in welcoming George and say Shé:kon

KEC Education Research Policy and Code of Research Ethics

Recently, the Kahnawà:ke Education Center (KEC) has published Education Research Policy and Code of Research Ethics as a way to provide guidance and leadership in conducting ethically responsible research within KEC schools.

This policy explains the principles, protocols and procedures for conducting education research in partnership with the KEC. The contents provide a clear and concise guide for the development of respectful and ethical community-based research that benefits all parties interested in engaging with educational research in Kahnawà:ke while also preventing unauthorized research to take place.

Read the full document here.

ISP is Hiring! Administrative Student Affairs Coordinator

The Indigenous Studies Program is searching for an Administrative Student Affairs Coordinator. Please share with anyone you know who may be interested in this role.

Under the direction of the immediate supervisor, provides administrative and secretarial support for administrative and student affairs activities. Participates in ensuring the smooth functioning of the unit’s operations. Responsible for documents and files of unit. Acts as resource person for policies and procedures. Coordinates activities related to admission, examinations, registration and graduation. Advises students and resolves problems in relation to their files. Edits documents for grammar and accuracy. Administers unit accounts.

Proven experience working with Indigenous communities or organizations assisting as a community liaison. Ability to support increasing the presence of Indigenous faculty, staff, and students on campus in addition to expanding its Indigenous initiatives and student mentoring.

See the full job listing here.

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. Candidates with existing relationships to local Indigenous communities are especially encouraged to apply.


Indigenous Awareness Week Full Calendar

The Tenth Annual Indigenous Awareness Weeks will take place between September 13th to 24th. 

On Monday September 13th, join Otsi’tsaken:ra (Charles) Patton Kanien’kehá:ka Elder
from Kahnawa:ke for the Opening, and Welcome Remarks by Christopher Manfredi (Provost &
Vice-Principal Academic). As well, listen in on artistic performances by Beatrice Deer and Craig Commanda

See the Full Program Here


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