Knowledge Holder Series

ISCEI provides support for the Knowledge Holder Series, developed within the Indigenous Studies Program. This annual series invites an Indigenous Knowledge Holder to spend a week at McGill to share their work through academic events, community presentations, and interactive workshops. Follow the link below to read more about this series on the Indigenous Studies Program website!


2021 Knowledge Holder: Lisa Quliqqi Koperqualuk


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.

In 2018, the Inuit of Nunavik mandated the Makivik Corporation to “negotiate with Canada and Quebec in order to establish a form of Indigenous government based on Inuit values, identity, culture and language.” In 2019, Makivik and the federal government signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Self-Determination, in order to structure the self-determination discussions to come. Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk, Makivik’s Chief Negotiator in this negotiation process, reflects on the Nunavik Inuit journey to formalize Inuit self-determination within Canada.


Upcoming Events


Determining Our Future: Self Governance for Nunavik Inuit

Monday Feb 15, 3pm to 4:30pm

Public lecture; open to all

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Our Stories, Our Knowledge: A Storytelling Session

Friday Feb 19, 10 am-11:30 am

Storytelling session; open to McGill community

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