Indigenous Awareness Weeks Archive

9th Annual Indigenous Awareness Weeks (2019)

The 9th Annual Indigenous Awareness Weeks were celebrated from September 16th to September 27th, 2019. To learn more, read this article in The Reporter.

Poster reading "9th Annual Indigenous Awareness Weeks - September 16 - 27, 2019"

8th Annual Indigenous Awareness Weeks (2018)

The 8th Annual Indigenous Awareness Weeks were celebrated from September 17th to September 28th, 2018. To learn more, read this article in the Reporter.

Poster that reads "8th Annual Indigenous Awareness Weeks, September 17-28 2018"

7th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week (2017)

The 7th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week was celebrated from September 18th to September 22nd, 2017. See below for a list of events:

Monday September 18, 2017

Opening Ceremony (12:00 - 3:00pm, Ballroom, Thomson House, 3650 Rue McTavish):

  • Welcoming Address
  • Performance
  • Keynote speaker: "These seeds have sprouted - now we raise our Indigenous strategy" with Kakwiranó:ron Cook

The Wahkohtowin: Present Conditions of Indigenous Health (5:00 - 7:00pm, Room S1-3, Steward Biology Building, 1205 avenue du Docteur-Penfield)

Tuesday September 19, 2017

Kairos Blanket Exercise with Allan Vicaire (10:00am - 12:00pm, Room 200, Coach House, 3715 rue Peel)

Film Screening: Finding Dawn (2:00 - 4:00pm, Room 338, Education Building, 3700 rue McTavish)

Kahnawá:ke Community Garden & Food Sustainability Project at First Nations Regional Adult Education Center with Kanerahtiio Hemlock & Raven Iakonieien Swamp (6:00 - 8:00pm, Room B-30, SSMU Building, 3480 rue McTavish)

Wednesday September 20, 2017

Hidden Art History: Bringing to Light the Inuit Art Movement that Almost Wasn't with Dr. Heather Igloliorte (2:00 - 4:00pm, The Newman centre, 3484 rue Peel)

For NDN Girls at the End of the World: Stories about Sovereignty with Erica Violet Lee (5:30 - 7:00pm, Room 219, Leacock Building)

Turtle Island Reads with Shannon Webb-Campbell, Ryan McMahon, Moe Clark, Nantali Indongo & Waubgeshig Rice (7:00 - 9:00pm, Tanna Schulich Hall, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, 527 rue Sherbrooke Ouest)

Thursday September 21, 2017

From Principle to Implementation: Indigenous Rights, the Constitution and Undrip in Canada with Dr. Hayden King & Dr. John Borrows (4:45 - 6:00pm, Maxwell Cohen Moot Court - Room 100, New Chancellor Day Hall, 3644 rue Peel)

Catholic Mass to Open the Academic Year: Anishinabe and Haudenosaunee Clergy and Elders Presiding (5:00 - 6:30pm, Newman Centre of McGill, 3484 rue Peel)

Film Screening & Panel Discussion: Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World (7:00 - 9:00pm, room W-215, Arts Building)

Friday September 22, 2017

Kairos Blanket Exercise with Allan Vicaire (10:00am - 12:00pm, room MS2-022, Macdonald Steward Building, Macdonald Campus)

Being Indigenous in the Academy with Orenda Boucher-Curotte (2:30 - 4:00pm, Lav Bukhman Room, 2nd floor, SSMU Building, 3280 rue McTavish)

Poster for the 7th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week

6th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week (2016)

The 6th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week was celebrated from September 19th to September 23rd, 2016. See below for a list of events:

Monday September 19, 2016

Opening Ceremony (12:00 - 3:00pm, Ballroom, Thomson House, 3650 McTavish Street):

  • Welcoming Address and Elder Blessing with Delbert Sampson and Jean Stevenson
  • Performance by Odaya
  • Keynote Discussion: Indigenizing the Academy with Dr. Taiaiake Alfred

Asé Tsi Tewa:ton, "We Will Renew Ourselves" - The Mohawk Approach to Environmental and Cultural Restoration with Dr. Taiaiake Alfred (5:00 - 6:30pm, Maxwell Cohen Moot Court, room 100, New Chancellor Day Hall, 3644 Peel Street)

Film Screening & Panel Discussion: The Pass System with Director Alex Williams, Katsi'tsakwas Ellen Gabriel, Sandra-Lynn Kahsennano:ron Leclaire, Dr. Orenda Boucher-Curotte and Dr. Allan Downey (6:00 - 9:00pm, room 26, Leacock Building)

Tuesday September 20, 2016

Kairos Blanket Exercise with Allan Vicaire and Paige Isaac (10:00am - 12:00pm, room 200, Coach House, 3715 Peel Street)

The TRC and Religious Communities with Dr. John Borrows (4:00 - 7:00pm, Birks Chapel, 3520 University Street)

Wednesday September 21, 2016

Reconciliation Ceremony: Indigenous Law, Justice and the TRC with Elder Dominique Rankin, Dr. John Borrows and Dr. Rebecca Johnson (10:00 - 11:30am, Front Lawn, New Chancellor Day Hall, 3644 Peel Street)

Dreamcatcher Making Workshop (Staff and Faculty Only) (12:00 - 2:00pm, Arts Council Room, room 160, Arts Building)

Dreamcatcher Making Workshop (McGill Students Only) (2:00 - 4:00pm, Arts Council Room, room 160, Arts Building)

Turtle Island Reads (6:00 - 9:00pm, Round trip to Kahnawá:ke, Bus pick up at Milton Gates)

Thursday September 22, 2016

Provost's Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education (11:30am - 12:30pm, Hochelaga Rock, Lower Campus)

Reflections on Truth and Reconciliation with Professor Michael Loft (2:00 - 4:00pm, Room 200, Coach House, 3715 Peel Street)

Indigenous Pathways in Education with Dr. Margaret Kovach (5:00 - 7:00pm, The Newman Centre, 3484 Peel Street)

Indigeneity in the Media: Film Screening and Panel Discussion (7:00 - 9:00pm, room S1-3, Stewart Biology Building, 1205 Docteur Penfield Avenue)

Friday September 23, 2016

Film Screening & Discussion: We Were Children (2:00 - 4:00pm, room 627, Education Building, 3700 McTavish Street)

Film Screening & Discussion: Trick or Treaty (4:00 - 6:00pm, room 150, Arts Building)

Poster for the 6th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week

5th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week (2015)

The 5th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week was celebrated from September 21st to September 25th, 2015.

Poster that reads "5th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week - September 21 to 25, 2015"

4th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week (2014)

The 4th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week was celebrated from September 15th to September 19th, 2014. See below for a list of events:

Monday September 15, 2014

Opening Ceremony (12:00 - 3:00pm, Ballroom, Thomson House, 3650 McTavish Street):

  • Welcoming Address from elder Alex Sonny Diabo
  • Performance by Odaya
  • Keynote Speaker: "Coming to One Mind: Building Responsible and Accountable Relationships In and Out of the Academy" with Dr. Kahente Horn-Miller

The Treaty of Niagara 1764 and Canadian Constitutionalism Today: Crown/First Nations Relations 250 Years In with Al Corbière & Aaron Mills (5:00 - 7:00pm, Maxwell Cohen Moot Court, Room 100, new Chancellor Day Hall, 3644 Peel Street)

Tuesday September 16, 2014

Kairos Blanket Exercise with Allan Vicaire & Paige Isaac (10:00am - 12:00pm, room 200, Coach House, 3715 Peel Street)

Traditional Dancing Workshop (1:00pm - 2:00pm, Lower Campus)

Holding the Academy Accountable: Indigenous Studies and Community Inclusion with Dr. Will Straw, Dr. Karl Hele & Marsha Vicaire (2:00 - 4:00pm, Lav Bukhman Room, 2nd floor, SSMU Building, 3480 McTavish Street)

Wapikoni Mobile: 10 Years of Indigenous Filmmaking (6:00 - 8:00pm, Room 26, Leacock Building)

Wednesday September 17, 2014

Kanien’kehà:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center Tour (9:00am - 1:00pm, Kahnawá:ke Cultural Centre)

Dreamcatcher Making Workshop (Staff and Faculty Only) (12:00 - 2:00pm, Room 5100, Brown Building, 3600 McTavish Street)

Dreamcatcher Making Workshop (McGill Students Only) (2:00 - 4:00pm, Room 5100, Brown Building, 3600 McTavish Street)

Film Screening: Inuuvunga: I Am Inuk, I Am Alive (7:00 - 9:00pm, room 26, Leacock Building)

Thursday September 18, 2014

Two Spirits: History and Survival with Ben Geboe (12:00 - 2:00pm, Native Friendship Centre of Montreal, 2001 Saint-Laurent Boulevard)

Healing and Decolonizing: Impacts of the Institutionalization of Indigenous Children (2:00 - 4:00pm, Madeleine-Parent Room, 2nd Floor, SSMU Building, 3480 McTavish Street)

Indigenous Students at McGill: Before and Beyond Graduation with Dr. Audra Simpson (5:30 - 8:00pm, Main Dining Room, McGill Faculty Club, 3450 McTavish Street)

Friday September 19, 2014

13th Annual Pow Wow (11:00am - 4:00pm, Lower Field)

  • 11:00am: Opening Words
  • 11:15am: Grand Entry
  • 11:30am: Inter-Tribal Dances & Children's Spot Dance
  • 12:15pm: Dance Demonstration #1
  • 12:30: Lunch / Inuit Throat Singing
  • 1:00pm: KZO - Aboriginal Dance & Dubstep
  • 1:30pm: Traditional Dances
  • 2:00pm: Dance Demonstration #2
  • 2:15pm: 4th Annual Smoke Dance Competition
  • 2:45pm: Inter-Tribal Dances & Spot Dance
  • 3:15pm: Round Dance
  • 3:30pm: Gift Giveaways
  • 3:45pm: Closing/Retiring of the Flag

Poster that reads "4th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week - September 15 to 19, 2014"

3rd Annual Indigenous Awareness Week (2013)

The 3rd Annual Indigenous Awareness Week was celebrated from September 23rd to September 27th, 2013.

From the poster:

"Come take part in McGill University's 3rd annual Indigenous Awareness Week!

Discover the rich traditions and histories of Indigenous peoples across Canada, including the Métis, the Inuit and First Nations.

  • Celebrate Indigenous cultures and topics
  • Learn about issues of identity, Indigenous women's rights, and colonial history
  • Participate in a dreamcatcher-making workshop, Wapikani film screening and much more"

Poster that reads "3rd Annual Indigenous Awareness Week - September 23 to 27, 2013"

2nd Annual Indigenous Awareness Week (2012)

The 2nd Annual Indigenous Awareness Week was celebrated from September 24th to September 28th, 2012. See below for a list of events:

Monday September 24, 2012

Opening Ceremony (12:00 - 3:00pm, First Peoples' House, 3505 Peel Street)

Two Moccasins, Two Worlds with Ryan McMahon (4:00 - 6:00pm, Maison Jeanne Sauvé, 1514 Docteur-Penfield Avenue

First Nations in Quebec Today with AFN Regional Chief for Quebec Ghislain Picard (6:00 - 8:00pm, Senate Room, room 232, Leacock Building)

Tuesday September 25, 2012

Dreamcatcher Making Workshop (Students Only) (10:00am - 12:00pm, Arts Council Room, room 160, Arts Building)

International Indigenous Rights Issues with Ellen Gabriel (2:00 - 4:00pm, Lev Bukhman Room, 2nd floor, SSMU Building, 3480 McTavish Street)

Métis Nation: The Emergence of a New People with President Clément Chartier (6:00 - 8:00pm, Ballroom, Thomson House, 3650 McTavish Street)

Wednesday September 26, 2012

Living Library: Aboriginal Stories (11:00am - 3:00pm, Redpath Museum)

Rebinding the North American Indian with Jeff Thomas and Guy Sioui Durand (6:00 - 7:30pm, Théatre J. Armand Bombardier, McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke Street West)

Where the Blood Mixes (8:00 - 10:00pm, Calixa-Lavallée Cultural Centre, 3819 Calixa-Lavallée Avenue

Thursday September 27, 2012

Dreamcatcher Making Workshop (Staff and Faculty Only) (10:00am - 12:00pm, Arts Council Room, room 160, Arts Building)

Indigenous Identities in Canada with Pamela Palmater (2:00 - 4:00pm, Lev Bukhman Room, 2nd floor, SSMU Building, 3480 McTavish Street)

Film Screening: The Creator's Game: The Quest for Gold and the Fight for Nationhood with Director Candace Maracle (7:00 - 9:00pm, Théatre J. Armand Bombardier, McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke Street West)

Rhythm Nights with Local Performers & Open Mic (8:00 - 10:00pm, The Yellow Door, 3625 Aylmer Street)

Friday September 28, 2012

Kanien’kehà:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center Tour (9:00am - 1:00pm, Kahnawá:ke Cultural Centre)

Pushing Open the Gates of Justice: Making the Gladue and Ipeelee Decisions a Reality for Aboriginal Offenders with Jonathan Rudin (2:00 - 4:00pm, C.P. Leblond Ampitheatre, room M1, Strathcona Building, 3640 University Street)

Community Social & Feast (5:00 - 7:00pm, Native Friendship Centre of Montreal, 2001 Saint-Laurent Boulevard)

1st Annual Indigenous Awareness Weeks (2011)

The 1st Annual Indigenous Awareness Week was celebrated from September 12th to September 15th, 2011. See below for a list of events:

Monday September 12, 2011

Opening Ceremony (8:00am - 12:00pm, First Peoples' House, 3505 Peel Street)

Indigenous Anti-Colonial Responses to Sex "Trafficking" and violence from the State with Jessica Yee (2:00 - 4:00pm, Break-Out Room, 2nd floor, SSMU Building, 3600 McTavish Street)

Rhythm Nights Spoken Word with Taqralik & Electronic Artist Madeskimo (6:00pm, The Yellow Door, 3625 Aylmer Street)

Tuesday September 13, 2011

Stone Carving Workshop (10:00am - 1:00pm)

Two-Spirited People: Surviving Colonialism with Diane Labelle (2:00 - 3:30pm, Thomson House Ballroom, 3650 McTavish Street)

Film Screening: Finding Our Talk with Courtney Montour (6:00pm, Redpath Museum Auditorium, 859 Sherbrooke Street West)

Wednesday September 14, 2011

First Nations Garden Experience (9:00am - 3:00pm, Montreal Botanical Gardens, 4101 Sherbrooke Street East)

Rhythm Nights with Folk Artists Chelsea Vowel & Demiel Pepin (6:00pm, The Yellow Door, 3625 Aylmer Street)

Thursday September 15, 2011

Reading with Waubgeshig Rice: Midnight Sweatlodge (10:00 - 11:30am, McGill Bookstore, 3420 McTavish Street)

Media Panel: (Mis/self)representations of Aboriginals in Public Spaces (2:00 - 4:00pm, Lev Bukhman Council Room, 2nd floor, SSMU Building, 3600 McTavish Street)

Community Social & Feast (6:00pm, Native Friendship Centre of Montreal, 2001 Saint-Laurent Boulevard)

Poster that reads "Aboriginal Awareness Week - September 12 to 15, 2011"

 

 


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For more information about traditional territory and tips on how to make a land acknowledgement, visit our Land Acknowledgement webpage.


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