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National Indigenous History Month

National Indigenous History Month

Event Series

June 1 - June 29, 2022

Wachiya, Kwe, Tansi, Ullukkut, Hawa’a, Bonjour, Hello.

In the spirit of reconciliation, it is our pleasure to announce and welcome you to this year’s School of Continuing Studies National Indigenous History Month event series. This year our series will include talks and presentations from remarkable Indigenous speakers, educators, scholars, and professionals from across the country, who will share with us the history, culture, and stories of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. I encourage you to join us and take this opportunity to learn more about First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. It is through learning and understanding that we can create change, envision new opportunities, and experience personal growth.

Niá:wen, Meegwetch, Nakurmik, Merci, Thank you!

George R. Kennedy, Faculty Lecturer, McGill School of Continuing Studies

 

Past Events

The McGill McCord Dialogues

The McGill-McCord Dialogues

Presented by the McGill School of Continuing Studies and McCord Museum

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.

 

Truth Gathering: Truth & Reconciliation Commission

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Time: 12–1 p.m.

Truth Gathering: Truth & Reconciliation Commission

In connection with the McCord Museum exhibition: Indigenous Voices of Today: Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience.

Presented by Wanda Gabriel, Assistant Professor, Director of Indigenous Access McGill (IAM).

Watch the Recording

About Wanda Gabriel

Prof. Wanda Gabriel, is Assistant Professor at McGill University, School of Social Work. She has worked nationally on several projects such as the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, The Canadian Aboriginal Aids Network, National Parole Board of Canada, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In her University role, she is the Co-Director for the Qualifying Year for Master of Social Work degree and the Co-Director of Indigenous Access McGill. She is presently involved with a research team composed of partners from Concordia University, Quebec Native Women and Elizabeth Fry Association. The project is to identify the rehabilitation needs of Indigenous women in Quebec’s provincial prison and to assess the institutional policies that support and constrain Indigenous women’s capacity for rehabilitation.

 

Fuelling Trauma into Action

Date: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Time: 12–1 p.m.

Fueling Trauma into Action

In connection with the McCord Museum exhibition: Indigenous Voices of Today: Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience.

Presented by Nakuset, Executive Director of the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal

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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 have spearhead 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.

 

Reframing Indigenous Relations Through Economic Reconciliation

Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021
Time: 12–1 p.m.

Reframing Indigenous Relations Through Economic Reconciliation

In connection with the McCord Museum exhibition: Indigenous Voices of Today: Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience.

Presented by David Carrière-Acco, member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in Saskatchewan

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About David Carrière-Acco

David Carrière-Acco, is a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. He holds an MBA (International Business Concentration), as well as graduate degrees in Marketing, eCommerce and Business Analysis. Since launching Acosys in 2006, David has established himself and Acosys as a premier Indigenous-led consulting firm specializing in facilitating constructive and respectful Indigenous engagement on behalf of governments, corporate clients, and non-governmental organizations. David has worked with Indigenous communities and organizations across Canada, garnering extensive experience in the design, implementation, and facilitation of successful Indigenous engagement initiatives.

In 2008, Julie and David created an Indigenous Internship Program which provides the opportunity for Indigenous people to work and be mentored on their client projects. This has earned Acosys numerous awards and newsworthy media articles. The program has been very successful to create opportunity to Indigenous people but also bring greater workplace diversity. Both Julie and David believe that critical part of Canada’s path to reconciliation with its Indigenous people is dependent inclusion in Canadian economy and workforce within a spirit of Nation-to-Nation relationship.

Today, David is passionate about the use technology combined with Indigenous Traditional Knowledge to develop environmental protection and climate adaptation solutions for all of Canada and continues his work to build Indigenous capacity especially in STEM professions. He also is a proud member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves as an officer in the Air Cadet program promoting development of Canada’s youth and interest in the aviation and aerospace.

 

Indigenous Artists and Different Styles of Art

McGill-McCord Indigenous Artists and Different Styles of Art

In connection with the McCord Museum exhibition: Indigenous Voices of Today

Presented by Owisokon Lahache and Candia Flynn. The event will be held in-person at the McCord Museum, but will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

Watch the Recording

About Owisokon Lahache and Candia Flynn

A friend of the McGill School of Continuing Studies’ Indigenous Relations Initiative, Indigenous artist, Owisokon Lahache from Kahnawake is Mohawk and her art is different from Inuit and other First Nations art. Owisokon meets First Nations work at the McCord Museum’s exhibition Indigenous Voices of Today and comments on her style of art compared to other styles by showcasing some of her pieces and her interest in corporate art design.

Owisokon’s friend Candia Flynn is Nipmuc and lives in Kahnawake. She is the founder of Healingstitches and will discuss storytelling clothing. Inspired by a person's vision, she designs clothing into wearable art to help people on their healing journey, while demonstrating resilience – a prominent theme of the Indigenous Voices of Today exhibit.


October 6, 2021 - Launch of the Indigenous Connection Circle

My Traditional name is Koot-Ges, I come from Wilps Txaatkanlaxhatkw, of the Nisga’a Nation. I am also a descendant of the Tsimshian and Haida Nation. My English name is Patrika McEvoy, and im a new Alumni student from the Public Administration and Governance Program with the McGill School of Continuing Studies. I am a proud member of the Indigenous Relations Initiative team, and we have been working hard to plan, create and launch the Indigenous Connection Circle for students and Alumni of the McGill School of Continuing Studies. Launching this Fall 2021, we will have a cultural sharing space for us to gather and share our educational journey into a new realm of professionalism. This new initiative will be lead by students and Alumni for us to strengthen our community and foster a strong Network of support.

This will be a monthly virtual gathering to take place on zoom, which will help students to ensure they have all the resources they need to be successful in their academic career. The Indigenous Connection Circle will be a stepping stone to resources, supports, and help students and alumni build a strong network. With cultural values, this will be a journey we can share together. Please join us on October 6th 2021 at 4pm EST for the first session of this beautiful adventure! To learn more, please reach at connectioncircle.scs [at] mcgill.ca.


September 29-October 2, 2021

Event: McGill Bicentennial At-Home Homecoming

Bicentennial At-Home Homecoming 2021

We’ve gone to great lengths to make this year’s virtual edition of Homecoming extra special. After all, McGill is celebrating its Bicentennial – 200 years of amazing achievements with so much to look forward to in the next 200 years!


September 29, 2021

Barriers to Bridges: Preparing the Next Generation of Indigenous STEM Professionals

Join us for a discussion on how a blended traditional Western education and land-based STEM program will help build the next generation of Indigenous STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) professionals.

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June, 2021: National Indigenous History Month

Dr. Carmen Sicilia

In the spirit of reconciliation, it is my pleasure to announce and welcome you to this year’s School of Continuing Studies National Indigenous History Month event series. This year our series will include talks and presentations from remarkable Indigenous speakers, educators, scholars, and professionals from across the country, who will share with us the history, culture, and stories of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada. I encourage you to join us and take this opportunity to learn more about First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. It is through learning and understanding that we can create change, envision new opportunities, and experience personal growth.

 

Dr. Carmen Sicilia
Associate Professor and Director of Indigenous Relations Initiative

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