Winter Speakers Series Event
On Wednesday, March 8th, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives (OII), including the First Peoples' House, and the Indigenous Student Alliance (ISA) will host Iakoiehwáhtha Patton for a lunch with Indigenous students. Patton is the first female First Nations recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship, the world’s oldest and most prestigious international graduate scholarship programme. This event is part of the OII's first annual Winter Speakers Series.
McGill and Community News
The McGill Reporter: Tears of joy and relief shed at Scarf CeremonyPublished: 31 May 2023
Internship Opportunity at the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and ParksPublished: 30 May 2023
The McGill Reporter: McGill Welcomes 15 new Indigenous Faculty and Staff in April 2023Published: 25 May 2023
Employment Opportunity at Tahatikonhsontóntie’ Québec Network Environment for Indigenous Health ResearchPublished: 23 May 2023
Employment Opportunity at the Native Women's Shelter of MontrealPublished: 28 Apr 2023
Indigenous News Outlets:
Eastern Door - A community-based newspaper serving the community of Kahnawake since 1992
Nunatsiaq News - The newspaper of record for Nunavut and the Nunavik territory of Quebec. It has been published since 1973.
Aboriginal Peoples' Television Network (APTN) - Award-winning television programming by, for and about Indigenous Peoples to share with all Canadians.
Nation Talk News - Indigenous-run media outlet (daily email sign-up is available on the website)
Academica Indigenous Top Ten - Academica's Indigenous Top Ten (ITT) is a free biweekly publication designed to share news, interesting research, best practices, and policy developments regarding First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education in Canada.
- First Peoples Law Blog - First Peoples Law is a law firm dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. They work closely with First Nations to defend their Aboriginal title, rights and Treaty rights, uphold their Indigenous laws and governance and ensure economic prosperity for their members. The First Peoples Law website has a public education section, including a blog, reading lists, and a podcast.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Sept. 30th is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Visit this page to learn more about events for the McGill community.
Murray Sinclair Statement on Kamloops Residential School
"We need to ensure that we put in place healing programs and foundations that will help survivors to gather and share their memories and stories."
Murray Sinclair, former Senator and former Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has released a statement following the discovery of a mass burial site at a residential school in Kamloops, BC. In a video for CBC News, he addresses Indigenous communities, survivors of residential schools, and the Canadian public.
Note: This page may contain distressing content. For support, the Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24/7 at 1-866-925-4419. The Hope for Wellness helpline can be reached 24/7 at 1-855-242-3310 or https://www.hopeforwellness.ca/.
Indigenous Health Courses at McGill
The Department of Family Medicine is now offering two courses on Indigenous Health:
FMED 506: Indigenous Perspectives Decolonizing Health Research will be taught be Alex McComber in the Fall 2021 semester. This graduate foundation course explores Indigenous-grounded health promotion in primary health care, with the goal to foster more meaningful patient and community engagement in research and practice.
FMED 527: Inuit Health in the Canadian Context will be taught by Richard Budgell in the Winter 2022 semester. The course will explore the histories, perspectives and contemporary realities of Inuit health in the four regions of Inuit Nunangat (the Inuit homeland) with a particular focus on the Nunavik region of northern Quebec.
Putting the Spotlight on Indigenous Architecture
The documentary From Earth to Sky explores the work of accomplished Indigenous architects, including world-renowned Anishinaabe architect Douglas Cardinal. It is available to stream for free through TVO.
Senate passes bill to implement UNDRIP
The Senate has passed Bill C-15, aimed at implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
First Nations child welfare case reaches Federal Court
On June 14-18, 2021 Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society is going to court to defend against Canada's appeals of two orders for First Nations children:
1) Compensation for harms (unnecessary family separations, derision of life opportunities related to inequitable public services, and sadly the deaths of some children), and
2) Ensuring that First Nations children without Indian Act status, who are recognized by their nations, are eligible for Jordan's Principle.
Members of the McGill community will be able to watch these hearings in a webcast from the Federal Court.
Gault Nature Reserve Partnership Announcement
McGill is pleased to announce a new partnership agreement between the university's Gault Nature Reserve and the Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki. The partnership welcomes members of the Odanak and Wôlinak communities to practice cultural activities in the nature reserve.