Context/history of IEP at McGill
Link to Indigenous Task Force.
On this page you will find:
A member of the Nisga’a Nation of Laxgalts’ap, BC, Janelle Kasperski is our Indigenous Education Advisor. Her primary role is to build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, staff, and faculty at McGill.
Janelle champions and encourages civic engagement through the promotion of community-based learning.
- Training workshops on Indigenous Perspectives for clubs and faculty associations.
- Advice on the development of Indigenous-focused programs and events.
- A connection to Indigenous organizations/groups at McGill and in Montréal.
- The opportunity to tutor and mentor youth from the Kahnawa:ke Survival School.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities please reach Janelle byjanelle.kasperski [at] mcgill.ca ( e-mail )or at 514-398-3711.
"McGill University is situated on the traditional territory of the Kanien’keha:ka, a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst nations. We recognize and respects the Kanien’keha:ka as the traditional custodians of the lands and waters on which we meet today."*
Recognizing the history of where you stand is important. Land acknowledgments are becoming increasingly common practice when hosting events, meetings and other activities across Canada. Here are a few tips to remember and reflect upon if you are considering, or have been asked to make a land acknowledgment:
- Know the pronunciation before you get to the mic – We live in the age of information. If you have no one to ask, google, phonetic spelling and YouTube are all easy options.
- Acknowledge the past as well as the present – Historic presence is an important factor in land acknowledgements. However, acknowledgement of continued and current presence are equally as important. Using language that insinuates indigenous presence is of the past is harmful not healing.
- Take a moment to reflect on what these words mean – Speak from a place of sincerity and reflect on what ways, your work and/or life contributes to the respect this acknowledgment is intended to illuminate. Can you think of examples from your own life? Work place? Community?
*It should be noted that there is not yet an official McGill land acknowledgment. This is one of the goals of last year's Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Education. To find out more, go here.
Indigenous Awareness Week, previously Aboriginal Awareness Week, has taken place every September since 2011. To find out more, go here.