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Indigenous Awareness Week at McGill

Indigenous Awareness Week has begun at McGill University and this year it is taking place virtually. On September 18th, the Virtual Powwow allowed attendees to view exhibition dances from home. As well, In honor of the weeks, the Hiawatha Wampum Belt flag was raised on the Arts Building.

There is still a chance to attend an event. On September 24th

from 12pm -1, join the First People’s House for a virtual presentation with Healers Geraldine and Mike Standup. Listen to a discussion of the body and mind, and share the importance of recognizing how the connection affects our health.

RSVP before the end of the day to attend this event!

Indigenous Knowledge Holder Series 2020

The Indigenous Studies Program has been holding Knowledge Holder Series for the last 6 years, which showcases incredible Indigenous scholars and artists. The 2020 speaker was announced, Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk, but the series has been postponed until further notice. We will share updates once they become available!

Ella Martindale to University of Victoria

Ella Martindale, the administrative coordinator for the Mellon-funded Indigenous Studies and Community Engagement Initiative, has said goodbye to McGill and now on Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories (Victoria), where she is beginning an MA program in Anthropology at the University of Victoria. Ella is also a McGill BA alum, having completed a BA in Anthropology and Indigenous Studies in 2019. Best of luck in your next steps, Ella!

Video celebrating 10th year of Indigenous Studies Field Course (IDFC 500)

Rahskwahseron:nis – Building Bridges is a recent video presented by Indigenous Access McGill and the School of Social Work, celebrating ten years of the IDFC 500 Indigenous Studies Field Course class. The course “provides an opportunity for Social Work, Law, Medicine and Anthropology students to learn about Haudenosaunee cultures and worldviews, with particular emphasis on linkages to students’ practice areas.” Watch the video here:

Noelani Arista’s “The Kingdom and the Republic” wins major book award

Incoming McGill history professor and Director of the Indigenous Studies program, Noelani Arista, was awarded the Best 2019 First Book in Native American and Indigenous Studies Prize earlier this year for her book, The Kingdom and the Republic: Sovereign Hawai’i and the Early United States (University of Pennsylvania Press)Professor Arista discusses her book in a recent article in the University of Hawai’i News:









Noted were her use of previously unused written historical records in the Hawaiian language, and her ability to contextualize Hawaiian history in “Hawaiian understandings of the past.” David Chang, of the University of Minnesota, says that with this book, Arista “transforms the way we understand Hawai’i in the crucial decades between 1820 and 1840. She upends a simplistic colonial historiography that makes American missionaries the dominant forces in the period.”

Our congratulations to Noelani – we’re looking forward to working with you at McGill!

Law professor Aaron Mills featured in Teaching for Learning blog

This week, Anishinaabe professor Aaron Mills was featured in the ‘Teaching for Learning McGill’ blog. He shared the core pedagogical practices of his class (Indigenous Constitutionalism, LAWG 508) that he “designed to introduce students to some foundations for understanding Anishinaabe law in particular.” This includes teaching, learning, and contributing in circle, a practice he became knowledgeable about through his grandmother, in his community, Couchiching First Nation.











Thank you, Aaron, for sharing your experience and knowledge with the McGill community. We wish you well in your online teaching this semester!

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 Website is live!

The ISCEI website is live and accessible to anyone as of today! You can find it here. On the site you will be able to find information about the campus initiatives we will be supporting, upcoming funding and other opportunities, as well more about our team!

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.

Please contact with any questions!

Welcome to McGill’s Indigenous Network Blog!

The aim of this blog is to connect the various initiatives, students and faculty from across campus in order to share useful information regarding news, events, opportunities and any other content relevant to the Indigenous community. We are look for collaborators to help us populate this blog on a regular basis, so if you are a member of the McGill community and interested in contributing, please reach out to if you are interested!

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