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Office of Indigenous Initiatives Quarterly Newsletter

In December 2022, the Office of Indigenous Initiatives launched its quarterly newsletter, which seeks to highlight and share Indigenous initiatives and news across McGill University. Read the first issue here and subscribe to receive future issues via the link below.

News / Events

Winter Speaker Series 2024

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The Office of Indigenous Initiatives Presents Winter Speaker Series: January- March 2024

The Winter Indigenous Speakers Series 2024 welcomes Emma Stevens (January 23rd), Dr. Niiyokamigaabaw Deondre Smiles (February 19th), and Dr. Edward Doolittle (March 14th). This year's second annual Winter Indigenous Speakers Series includes three in-person events aiming to bring diverse Indigenous voices to the McGill community, while partnering with various groups across campus.

Please visit the event page as more details are released regarding our upcoming events. 



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. 
Children's shoes, including a pair of moccasins, are arranged in rows on the grass in honour of the children who attended residential schools

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

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. 

The Hiawatha Wampum Belt flag, flying from the McGill Arts Building

Hiawatha Wampum Belt Flag raised from McCall MacBain Arts Building

To celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21st, McGill held a ceremony to raise the Hiawatha Wampum Belt Flag above the McCall MacBain Arts Building.

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. 

An Indigenous McGill graduate wearing a graduation cap and red scarf walking outside

Virtual Scarf Ceremony celebrates the achievements and dedication of Indigenous graduates

With a keynote address by Cindy Blackstock, this year's Scarf Ceremony celebrated McGill's Indigenous graduates, and honoured the victims of residential schools. 

Tall, leafy trees in the Gault Nature Reserve

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. 

Federal Government Releases National MMIWG Action Plan

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