Fuelling Trauma into Action

Thursday, October 7, 2021 12:00to13:00

Cree from Lac la Ronge, Saskatchewan, Nakuset was adopted by a Jewish family in Montreal as a child. Today she is Director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal. In this talk, she will discuss how she draws on her adoptee experience in her advocacy work for Indigenous children in care and how she was able to transform trauma into action.

About Nakuset

Nakuset, the Executive Director of the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal, is Cree from Lac la Ronge, Saskatchewan. She has three beautiful boys, Kistin, Mahkisis and Mahihkan. She was adopted by a Jewish family in Montreal and draws on her adoptee experience in her advocacy work for Indigenous children in care. Nakuset created, produced and hosted the television series Indigenous Power, she was voted “Woman of the Year 2014” by the Montreal Council of Women, and she is the Indigenous columnist for MaTV’s CityLife. Nakuset was featured in Real Talk on Race, the award-winning CBC series. In 2017, she was selected by the CKX City Series as a speaker/shift disturber due to the work she does to shift the status quo for urban Aboriginal women. In November 2017, she was a speaker for TEDxMontrealWomen. In 2018, she testified for 3 days at the Viens Commission, a public inquiry into the discrimination of Indigenous people of Quebec. She testified in June 2018 at the MMIW Inquiry in Calgary. In February 2019, she presented at WE Day. She was recently featured in the “End of 2010’s interview for Global” to discuss the past decade work with the urban Indigenous community. She is honoured to spearheaded and run the Cabot Square project since its inception and to co-found Resilience Montreal. She is dedicated to improving the lives of urban Indigenous people. 

About the McGill-McCord Dialogues

On the occasion of McGill’s Bicentennial, the McGill School of Continuing Studies and the McCord Museum have partnered to present a series of events with the aim of breaking down barriers to cultural and educational institutions and reimagining art, culture, and education in our community.

The McGill-McCord Dialogues offer opportunities to explore a variety of current and future-focused topics taught at SCS and connected to exhibitions at the McCord Museum.

Space is limited to 30 attendees. Please register to reserve your spot.

To view all events in the series, visit mcgill.ca/scs-mccord

Vaccine Passport

As per provincial regulations in place, a vaccine passport is required to attend.


This event will also be livestreamed on the McGill School of Continuing Studies YouTube Channel.

About the McCord Museum

The McCord Museum celebrates life in Montreal, its people and communities, past and present. Reaching beyond the city to the wider world, the Museum creates and presents engaging exhibitions and educational and cultural activities with a critical and inclusive take on social history. It is renowned for its collections of Archives, Documentary Art, Dress, Fashion and Textiles, Indigenous Cultures, Material Culture, and Photography, comprising 200,000 objects and artworks, 2,150,000 photographs, 3,500 rare books and 340 linear metres of textual archives. Founded on October 13, 1921, the Museum is celebrating its one hundredth anniversary with special programming until Autumn 2022. McCord Museum: Our People, Our Stories.

Learn more at musee-mccord.qc.ca

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