Community-based Projects

Enrolment Services

BranchesThe circular Branches logo in green

The Branches team at McGill is committed to being a reliable partner in co-creating responsive and sustained relationships with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis youth, families, schools and organizations.

Specific Programs:

An outreach program for High Schoolers and Elementary schoolers, this program works on increased access for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students to McGill's mainstream programs. Partners with communities and to encourage First Nations, Inuit, and Métis youth to pursue studies at McGill.

Our goal is to work with school boards, educators, families, and members of the McGill community to create responsive, sustainable programming that encourages young students to persevere in school and see themselves as lifelong learners

After school mentoring and homework help for elementary and secondary school students.

Over 160 elementary students attend McGill University for workshops and activities, once a year in early April for two full days. In the picture below, students from Karonhianonhnha Tsi Elementary visited First People's House. 

A group of elementary school students stands on the steps of the First Peoples' House.

Free, monthly two-hour workshops for parents, guardians and families facilitated by McGill staff, faculty and Montreal professionals.

IMPRESS hires Indigenous CEGEP or High-school students to work with a McGill professor on a summer research project for eight weeks.

Pick Your Path! has the same mission of IMPRESS, which is to pique the interest of Indigenous students in education by offering an opportunity that gives exposure to various areas of study. Pick Your Path! (PYP) is an online learning experience for Indigenous summer students between the ages of 16-25.

A pilot project where Indigenous University students exchange letters with younger Indigenous students.

This map is to provide a virtual image of the Indigenous Outreach Initiatives from McGill to increase awareness and connectedness.

Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Studies

The Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment (CINE), located on McGill University's Macdonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, is an independent, multi-disciplinary research and education center created by Canada's Aboriginal leaders for participatory research and education to address their concerns about the integrity of their traditional food systems.

Faculty of Arts

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a US$1.25-million grant to McGill University, in support of a new Indigenous Studies and Community Engagement Initiative. Follow this link to read the article on the Mellon Grant.

—Indigenous Studies Program

This Initiative, supported by a US$1.25-million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant, will contribute to efforts such as:

  • Building on our existing Minor program in Indigenous Studies to create a Majors and Honours, as well the longer-term goal of a graduate option.
  • Supporting tenure-track academics who seek to understand Indigenous societies from within, while recognizing and engaging with their constitutive philosophies, histories, epistemologies, identities, practices of political governance, cultures, and languages.
  • In-community pedagogies and partnerships with educators, administrators, and knowledge keepers
  • Cultivation of new partnerships with both English and French-speaking Indigenous communities, ensuring that linguistic and cultural diversity is a signature feature of this effort.
  • Ensuring a sense of community for Indigenous scholars and students through scholarly interactions generated by new teaching and research opportunities, and through public events that highlight Indigenous leadership and scholarship, and create opportunities for knowledge sharing and networking, within the McGill community and beyond.
  • New dedicated space to promote a sense of community for students and scholars across our Faculties as well as from communities outside McGill.
  • New Indigenous Artist-in-Residence, Elder-in-Residence and Writer-in-Residence programs.
  • The Mellon Distinguished Lecture: an annual opportunity to bring a world-renowned Indigenous scholar or leader to campus for a public lecture, and to lead workshops, symposia and other events.

—School of Social Work

Indigenous Access McGill (IAM) is a support program for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students in the School of Social Work. Since 2007, IAM has been supporting Indigenous students from recruitment through graduation.


Faculty of Education

OFNIE works in partnership with First Nations and Inuit education authorities throughout Quebec – such as Kativik Ilisarniliriniq (KI), the Cree School Board, the Kahnawà:ke and Kanehsatà:ke Education Centres, and the Central Quebec School Board on behalf of the Naskapis of Kawawachikamach – to deliver community-based teacher education programs and professional development.

Follow this link to learn more about OFNIE's community partners.

Faculty of Engineering

E-IDEA (Engineering Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity Advancement)

The Faculty of Engineering is engaged and committed to creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive McGill community. The E-IDEA initiative leads these efforts and addresses all stages of the student and staff lifecycle, from elementary and secondary school levels, to university-recruitment, to support and retention, to workforce diversity and professional wellbeing.

Specific Projects:

"Youth Action & Outreach" 

McGill’s Faculty of Engineering is currently collaborating with teachers at the Kahnawà:ke Survival School to bring resources together to support experiential, relationship-centred, responsive learning opportunities that weave together interdisciplinary subject matter from both the local community as well as McGill. We create spaces where students can see themselves as active agents of change within their local community and society at large. 

To create more accessible pathways to higher education for Indigenous populations, we see youth engagement as a long-term commitment, which cannot exist in isolation from students’ home and extracurricular lives. Our programs and projects are integrated with the classroom teachers’ desired learning outcomes, and we work to cultivate sustainable, ongoing partnerships that foster critical thinking and active citizenship for everyone involved. 

Follow this link to learn more about outreach initiatives in the Faculty of Engineering

The Kahnawake Survival School logo, which depicts an eagle in a circle.The Faculty of Engineering logo, which features a red square.

Faculty of Law

The program pairs small groups of law students with Montreal-area youth to provide information on legal rights and issues as well as to create pathways to post-secondary education and legal studies.

The Legal Clinic Course places students in local community organizations and legal clinics. Our 16 local partner organizations include Action Réfugiés Montréal, Éducaloi, Innocence McGill, Mile End Legal Clinic and Project Genesis.

Learn more about the initiatives taking place in the law faculty.

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

The IHPP Program has been developed through consultation and collaboration with Indigenous communities in Quebec, leaders of successful Indigenous Health programs at other Canadian universities, and other McGill departments and programs.

The Eagle Spirit Science Futures Camp includes science teachings from an Indigenous point-of-view with land-based curriculum woven into the experience, cultural activities and hands-on health-science workshops intended to pique the campers’ interest in science and post-secondary education.

There is currently an Eagle Spirit Science Futures video series, which will be live on the IHPP Facebook page at 4pm EDT on Thursdays every other week. 

For any Indigenous student, of any age, who is interested in entering a science-related University program, and in particular any health professional training program, the McGill IHP Program is pleased to offer mentoring – about how to apply, what is needed, or other advice and suggestions.

This project is committed to preventing type 2 diabetes in Kahnawà:ke. It is not led by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, but the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences is a project partner.

Department of Psychiatry

Listening to One Another to Grow Strong (LTOA) is a community-driven and culturally-adapted program for Indigenous youth and their families.

Follow this link to learn about LTOA's community partners.

School of Nursing

  • Ashukin Program

This program allows 40 graduate and undergraduate nursing students to work with Indigenous partners doing health promotion projects. Partners include the Native Friendship Center of Montreal, the Riverside Elder’s Lodge Kanesatà:ke, the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, Projets Autochtones du Québec, Wemotaci (an Atikamekw community), Kawawachikamach (a northern Naskapi community), and the Survival School in Kahnawá:ke.

For more information, contactjodi.tuck [at] ( Jodi Tuck)

Integrated Program in Neuroscience

BrainReach North is an online science-education resource developed and run by graduate students in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience at McGill. These students provide fun, interactive, neuroscience-based learning materials for teachers and students in remote areas who wish to enrich their science program and teaching.

School of Continuing Studies

The School of Continuing Studies offers programs for First Nations and Inuit in collaboration with The Office of First Nations and Inuit Education (OFNIE). 

  • School of Continuing Studies e-Calendar on Programs for First Nations and Inuit
  • Certificate (Cert.) Education for First Nations and Inuit (60 credits)
  • Certificate (Cert.) Indigenous Language and Literacy Education (30 credits)
  • Certificate (Cert.) Middle School Education in Indigenous Communities (30 credits)
  • Certificate (Cert.) First Nations and Inuit Educational Leadership (30 credits)
  • Bachelor of Education for Certified Teachers - Elementary Education: Indigenous Education (90 credits)
  • Certificate (Cert.) First Nations and Inuit Student Personnel Services (30 credits)

Visit the Partners Page to learn which Indigenous communities are partnered with which McGill Units.

Visit the Flagship Initiatives page for the Office of the Provost's Indigenous Initiatives Institutional Partnerships.


Who to Contact: If you are a community member looking for information on how to start a project with McGill, please visit the How to Partner and Contact pages.  If you are a looking for guidance on how to work with Indigenous communities, you can find guidelines and resources in the Research Tools page. If you would like to add a new project to this list, please email us at indigenousinitiatives [at]

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