Indigenous Awareness Week


Indigenous Awareness Week offers students the opportunity to learn about Indigenous issues and promote greater knowledge and understanding about the Indigenous peoples in Canada. The week aims to raise awareness and initiate an exchange of ideas on First Nations, Métis and Inuit topics within the McGill community.

The week allows a space to privilege Indigenous voices and perspectives on campus. Since 2011, invited guests have included: academics, community members, elders and students. Topics that have been covered: health, identity, language revitalization, Indian Act, Residental Schools, Indigenous legal traditions, Canadian policies, education, child welfare and ways of knowing. 

If you would like to participate or volunteer during the week, contact allan.vicaire [at] (subject: Indigenous%20Awareness%20Week) (Allan Vicaire).


Since 2011, there have been over 3800 participants who took part in the week. Here are the number of participants per year:

  Number of Participants
2011 241
2012 434
2013 510
2014 570
2015 900+
2016 1200+


Past Weeks:

2014 - September 15 - 19


2013 - September 23 - 27

2012 - September 24 - 28 

2011 - September 12-15