McGill University's Indigenous Community Outreach Program's objectives are increased access for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students to McGill University's mainstream programs has emerged as a priority. An innovative program designed to encourage First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth to pursue studies at McGill is now in full swing and partnership with First Nations communities has been essential for realization of this initiative.
For full details on the this program, visit the Indigenous Community Outreach website.
- Host Faculty/Dept/Student Group: Office of the Dean of Students and First Peoples’ House
- Main contact: Kakwiranoron.Cook [at] mcgill.ca (Kakwiranoron Cook)
- Outreach website: Indigenous Community Outreach website
- Languages offered: English only
- Year established: 2008
- Location and timeline: Occurs both on and off campus, from September until May.
- Collaborative partners:
- We collaborate closely with many faculties and schools here on campus as well as the McGill chapter of Let's Talk Science!
- Kahnawake Survival School and many other high schools where Indigenous students are in the Greater Montreal area.
- Links to media about outreach program: Read the McGill Reporter article, Aboriginal youth soar at Eagle Spirit High Performance Camp.
Our outreach events last anywhere from 1 hour to 3 days thus time commitments depend on what we are getting up to.
For McGill volunteers, the benefits include presentation skills development - We are on track to offer recognition for event and time involvement on the co-curricular record.
To get involved, McGill students can write to aboriginalcommunity [at] mcgill.ca to see what kinds of opportunities are on the horizon!
How the program impacts teaching and learning
- Schools learn about the opportunities for their Indigenous students to come to McGill to explore various disciplines and learn about services for applicants and registered students.
- Targeted Indigenous students see many levels of involvement during their experience on campus from mentors, students, professors, and staff - The goal is to position many role models from a wide range of ages to extol the benefits of learning for life
- By consistently inviting youth from age 11 onwards to come to campus on a yearly basis, the whole PSE experience becomes further demystified and youth participants can more readily imagine themselves in an institution of higher learning.
- Fantastic collaboration from the many McGill department, faculties and schools through the talented faculty, students and staff who enthusiastically create and deliver activities collectively make our program innovative.
"Hello Kakwiranoron, Just wanted to say thanks again again to today's talk. My students really liked it and they were really impressed with the venue (McGill always has that effect on high school students). I always appreciate all the opportunities that you present us with. Thanks again," -Haneefa Corbie Aboriginal Resource Centre Specialist Queen of Angels Academy
If you'd like to partner with us, KAKWIRANORON.COOK [at] MCGILL.CA (contact us)! We have a large network of schools that already receive our invitations throughout the year.
Ronteweiénstha Tehontatia'takéhn (Homework Help Program) offers free tutoring to Indigenous youth in Kahnawake. The program pairs McGill volunteers with high school students looking for help in a particular subject. The most important role for tutors is building a relationship of trust and mutual respect. To learn more about this program, visit the Kahnawake Homework Help page.