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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

ILADA Presents: Inuit Northern Landscapes: Reimagining a Way Forward with Sheila Watt-Cloutier

The Indigenous Law Association/Association de Droit Autochtone will be hosting a presentation from Sheila Watt-Cloutier on Wednesday, March 10th. Watt-Cloutier is a renowned environmental, cultural, and human rights activist and Inuk from Kuujjuaq. She is known for her memoir, The Right to be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting her Culture, the Arctic, and the Whole Planet.

This presentation will discuss the historical injustices faced by Inuit communities, Inuit legal traditions, and contemporary issues facing Inuit such as climate change and the pandemic. The presentation will be followed by a 20-minute question and answer period.

The event will take place over Zoom on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 1:00 PM EST. Please register at this link.

Fitness and Wellness Sessions for Indigenous Students

Starting on Tuesday March 9, First People’s House is collaborating with Vanessa Racine and Mike Auski to facilitate fitness and wellness sessions for students over a span of five weeks. These sessions take place from 5-6pm every Tuesday and is open to current McGill Indigenous students and its free.

To get involved, contact Terry from First People’s House here!


Art Night: Celebrating Indigenous Students at McGill

We are thrilled to announce we will be hosting an art and open-mic night in collaboration with SSMU Indigenous Affairs! On March 18th, as part of our bicentennial programming, we welcome Indigenous students and members of the community to gather on Zoom to share their creative works. Please send submissions to artnight.bicentennial@gmail.com. Join using this link or visit our Facebook event for more information.

What it Means to be a Knowledge Holder with Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk

The Indigenous Studies Program will be hosting a discussion with Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk this Wednesday as a part of the Knowledge Holder series. Koperqualuk will discuss what it means to be a knowledge holder.

“Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk was born in Puvirnituq, Northern Quebec (Nunavik). Fluent in Inuktitut, English and French, Lisa acted as Communications Officer for Makivik Corporation for seven years and participated in various regional, national and international fora such as Inuit Circumpolar Council General Assemblies in Kuujjuaq 2002, in Barrow 2006 (as a delegate) and elected in July 2018 in Utqiaġvik as Vice-President International for ICC Canada. She works for Inuit interests in self-determination advocating Inuit political and economic autonomy, social justice (particularly through Inuit law), and protection of the environment, culture and language.”

This event is open to the First Peoples’ House and other members of the Indigenous community at McGill.

Please register using this link.

March Office Hours: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

On March 8th between 11-12pm, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson will be hosting office hours virtually. Office hours are open to the members of the McGill community, and you can sign up by commenting on the timeslot with your name and email here.

Sign up is first-come, first-serve!

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