Homepage of the Indigenous Initiatives Unit at McGill

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Indigenous Initiatives 

Shé:kon, Kwé,  Kwey, Auneen, Boojhoo, Tansi, Wachiya, Oki, Ai'i, Me'taleyn, Aloha, Kia Ora! 

Indigenous Initiatives is the central hub for Indigenous strategies and initiatives at McGill University. On our website you can find updates on McGill's Calls to Action, Indigenous-led events and projects, and more!  

Land Acknowledgement

McGill University is on land which long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. We acknowledge and thank the diverse Indigenous peoples whose footsteps have marked this territory on which peoples of the world now gather.

Watch a video of McGill's land acknowledgement featuring a performance from Shakorennawis Doxtador-Swamp:

Note: McGill community members are welcome to add this Land Acknowledgement video clip to videos they are producing. Click here to download the video file. For more information, please contact info.communications [at] mcgill.ca.

Visit our The Land and Peoples page to learn more about land acknowledgements.

Pronunciation Guide

Visit our The Land and Peoples page for a further pronunciation guide. 

Name Phonetic Pronunciation
Kanien’kehà:ka Ga-niyen-ge-HAA-ga
Haudenosaunee Hoh-DEE-noh-SHoh-nee
Tiohtià:ke Joh-jaw-gay
Anishinabeg Ah-nish-ih-nah’-bey

First Peoples' House

The First Peoples' House (FPH) at McGill is a central hub for Indigenous student support by providing a series of academic, community, and cultural-based support. The FPH offers services including dedicated study space, cultural programming and events, and residence rooms. 


The Indigenous Studies & Community Engagement Initiative (ISCEI) is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is designed to foster the growth of the Indigenous Studies Program as an academic hub for Indigenous scholarship and community engagement.

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For Students

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For Communities

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For Researchers

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The Land and Peoples

Learn about the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg peoples whose ancestral territory includes Montreal.

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Resource Hub

Your information center for Indigenous McGillians, educational resources, tools for researchers, information about the history of McGill, cultural protocols, allyship toolkits, community organizations in Montreal, and more.

This website was designed by Laurence LeBlanc and Olivia Huynh.

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