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Indigenous Relations Initiative

SCS Indigenous Relations Initiative LogoA core mission of the McGill University School of Continuing Studies is to build bridges. For the last 10 years we have been working on building capacity in Indigenous communities, building strong deep relationships with partners and forging relationships with Indigenous Alumni. Now we are ready to extend the impact of these efforts, to collectively work together towards common goals of human advancement and betterment by leveraging our resources, experiences, and knowledge.

McGill Land Acknowledgement

McGill University is on land which long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. We acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous people whose footsteps have marked this territory on which peoples of the world now gather.

McGill Scarf Ceremony November 2021

Emotions Run Deep During Indigenous Scarf Ceremony

Virtual ceremony brings together McGill staff, faculty and graduating students, as well as friends and family members

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IRI Strategic Plan

The SCS Indigenous Relations Initiative Strategic Plan is part of the University’s broader commitment to reconciliation and has been developed in response to the Calls to Action of the TRC and the Final Report of the Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education (2017)

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Build Capacity Within Your Community

Indigenous Peoples are vastly underrepresented in the higher education system as academic faculty, part-time course lecturers, and administrative staff. We are committed to creating an equitable workplace that incorporates and respects a diversity of cultures.

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Student Support

A wide array of student financial, health and wellness, and educational resources are available to Indigenous students, including financial aid, coaching, career advising, Elder and peer support, and more!

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Elders in Residence

Elders in-residence are available to guide students, faculty and staff on mental, spiritual, emotional and physical health needs from a holistic Indigenous perspective. The Elder can provide advice, guidance, mentorship and much more from the vast life experience they have.

Student Support

Robyn Clarke

Robyn Clarke
Program Manager,
Indigenous Programs and Partnerships
Indigenousrelations.scs [at] mcgill.ca

Antoine Gagnon

Antoine Gagnon,
Program Administrator,
Indigenous Programs and Partnerships
Indigenousrelations.scs [at] mcgill.ca

Valerie Ndiweni

Valerie Ndiweni,
Career & Transition Advisor, Manager, Career Advising & Transition Services
valerie.ndiweni [at] mcgill.ca

Our Partners

CN Indigenous LogoCree Nation of Waswanipi logoNunavik Regional Board of Health Services logoCree Nation of Chisasibi logoCree Nation of Mistissini logoIsuarsivik LogoCree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay logo


Banner Artwork by Owisokon Lahache - Dancing Across Turtle Island

In our hearts we are from many distinct Nations that have lived, celebrated, respected, protected, honored and danced across Turtle Island since time immemorial. Salish, Nisga'a, Anishinaabee, Métis, Haudenosaunee, Miꞌkmaw, Innu are some of the first peoples of Turtle Island. Our beliefs and our traditions center on being thankful for the gifts Creation has loaned to our children. We dance to connect with each other and to defend the Earth, the waters and celebrate all that our future generations will need to continue to thrive. We have flourished by becoming life-long learners able to adapt to life with the settler Nations residing on our homelands. We continue to plan for Seven Generations into the future and continue to find ways to learn and adapt without losing our internal fire.

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