For the Indigenous Knowledge Holder Series, the Indigenous Studies Program seeks to enrich the McGill Community by inviting an Indigenous Knowledge Holder to spend a week at the university to share their scholarship, work, and advocacy. Indigenous Knowledge Holders – whether they be wampum belt holders, storytellers, artists, activists, hereditary leaders, or academics– encompass generations of knowledge embedded within the cultural and epistemological worldview of Indigenous communities that span generations. This Series seeks to act as a bridge between that knowledge and the institution while placing an emphasis on Indigenous community collaborations and partnerships through academic events, workshops, and community presentations.
For 2018, we have invited the renowned Ryan McMahon. Ryan is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, media maker & community activator based out of Treaty #1 territory (Winnipeg, MB). Ryan has sharp wit and intellect by the boatloads. He has recorded a number of national comedy specials with CBC, appeared at Just For Laughs and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. He recently finished the cross-country tour of his comedy show Wreck-On Silly Nation.