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Indigenous Knowledge Holder Series 2020-21 (past events)

Determining Our Future: Self Governance for Nunavik Inuit

A lecture from Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk, the 2021 Indigenous Knowledge Holder for the McGill Indigenous Studies Minor Program, reflecting on the Nunavik Inuit journey to formalize Inuit self-determination within Canada.

Monday, February 15, 2021, 3–4:30 p.m. (ET)


Our Stories, Our Knowledge: A Storytelling Session (open to members of the McGill community)

A conversation with Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk, the 2021 Indigenous Knowledge Holder for the McGill Indigenous Studies Minor Program, as she teaches of the interconnections between community, family, land, and animal life, through story.  

Friday, February 19, 2021, 10–11:30 a.m. (ET)


What it Means to be a Knowledge Holder (open to First Peoples' House and members of the McGill Indigenous community)

A conversation with Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk, the 2021 Indigenous Knowledge Holder for the McGill Indigenous Studies Minor Program.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 4:30–6 p.m. (ET)


The Indigenous Studies Program seeks to enrich the McGill Community by inviting an Indigenous Knowledge Holder to spend a week at the university to share their scholarship, work, and advocacy. Indigenous Knowledge Holders ­– whether they be wampum belt holders, storytellers, artists, activists, hereditary leaders, or academics– encompass generations of knowledge embedded within the cultural and epistemological worldview of Indigenous communities that span generations. This Series seeks to act as a bridge between that knowledge and the institution while placing an emphasis on Indigenous community collaborations and partnerships through academic events, workshops, and community presentations.

Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk was born in Puvirnituq, Northern Quebec (Nunavik). Fluent in Inuktitut, English and French, Lisa acted as Communications Officer for Makivik Corporation for seven years and participated in various regional, national and international fora such as Inuit Circumpolar Council General Assemblies in Kuujjuaq 2002, in Barrow 2006 (as a delegate) and elected in July 2018 in Utqiaġvik as Vice-President International for ICC Canada. She works for Inuit interests in self-determination advocating Inuit political and economic autonomy, social justice (particularly through Inuit law), and protection of the environment, culture and language.

Please note the new website for the Indigenous Studies and Community Engagement Initiative.

And please make sure to check out the blog for the Indigenous Network.

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