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Update: Organizational Statement

We are currently undergoing a much needed process of reflection on our group’s organizing. The context in which this group was founded is much changed, and with more Indigenous led resources and groups on campus, there is a need to restructure and re-envision what the role and place of a group such as this is. As part of this process, building and mending relationships between the predominantly non-Indigenous coordinating team and Indigenous students on campus as well as in the community is currently our group’s primary focus. Thus, we have decided to postpone publishing our next volume so that the journal can more accurately reflect the processes which our mandate intended. In the interim, we will be accepting rolling submissions. More importantly, we will be changing our name so that it no longer misrepresents the group as primarily Indigenous student led. The name was chosen by Indigenous advisors many years ago, but given the context of widespread appropriation it has received necessary critiques from Indigenous students on campus. Thus, changing the name is an important and vital step in (re)building relationships in order to avoid inadvertently reproducing harmful patterns. As such, working in consultation with the Indigenous Student Alliance and Indigenous students on campus, we are changing the name to McGill Student Indigenous Studies Journal.

We thank you all for your understanding and please feel free to get in touch.

The McGill Student Indigenous Studies Journal team

Upcoming events: PYPWYMI, Conference, Discussions, Journal Launch


Here are some great workshops and events going on this week and in the upcoming month!
1) Put Your Politics Where Your Mouth Is: THIS WEEK!
2) Conference: Whose Truth? What Kind of Reconciliation?: March 13-14, 2014
3) Discussing Indigenous Agency with Professor Cheryl Suzack and special guest N. Bruce Duthu: March 31, 2014
4) KANATA Journal Launch: April 3, 2014
1) Put Your Politics Where Your Mouth Is

Put Your Politics Where Your Mouth Is is an annual week of talks, teach-ins, and skill sharing around food justice on campus and beyond. This series of events is coordinated by The Midnight Kitchen and The People’s Potato – two campus-based soup collective that serve by-donation vegan meals to McGill and Concordia students as well as the general Montreal community. This year workshops and events will focus specifically on the ways food politics intersect with race, racism and white supremacy. Workshops and events will highlight the ways in which Indigenous Peoples and People of Colour are impacted by a variety issues related to food politics, as well as resilience and resistance in the face of dominant food systems which inflict violence upon the lives, bodies and lands of racialized people.

workshops coming up:


  • Fat Embodiment, Race, and Class” (Tuesday, March 11 @ 13h)
  • Snacks & Screening of “The Chocolate Farmer” (Tuesday March 11 @ 18h)
  • Closed Dinner for People of Colour and Indigenous-identified Folks (Wednesday March 12 @ 18:30)
  • Solidarity Across Borders’ Winter Feast! A Community Dinner (Thursday March 13, @ 18:30) 
  • Red Urban Project Cooking on First Nation Meal (Friday March 14 @ 16h)


For full workshop descriptions and facebook links visit:

2) Conference: Whose Truth? What Kind of Reconciliation?

This two day conference seeks to examine the role Truth and Reconciliation Commissions play in promoting social cohesion, which leads to democratic good governance, in the wake of tragedies or other nationally destabilizing events. Since the 1980s almost 30 TRCs have been initiated, making this a significant time to explore different national issues with and without TRCs.

McGill Faculty Club, 3450 McTavish – March 13-14, 2014 – open to the general public

For the Full Program visit: 

Facebook event page: 


3) Discussing Indigenous Agency with Professor Cheryl Suzack and special guest N. Bruce Duthu: March 31, 2014

Professor Cheryl Suzack, (Batchewana First Nations), Assistant Professor of English, University of Toronto, 2014 Visiting Eakin Fellow: “Reparatory Justice, Human Rights, and Indigenous Feminisms”

followed by: 

Professor N. Bruce Duthu, Samson Occom Professor and Chair of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College, enrolled tribal member, United Houma Nation of Louisiana: “Of Guardian and Wards: Tribal Sovereignty and the Limits of Legal Pluralism”

Faculty Club Ballroom, main floor, 3450 rue McTavish , March 31, 2014 @ 16:30pm

For More information see:


4) KANATA Vol. 7 Journal Launch: April 3, 2014

Afternoon of April 3, 2014 @ SSMU: Madeleine Parent Room 

Come celebrate the launch of Volume 7 of KANATA with us!


Have a great week!

– the KANATA Exec

KANATA – McGill Indigenous Studies Community

Upcoming Events: Journal Launch, Workshop, March, and more!

Hello KANATA Community,
Thank you to all of you who have submitted to our journal. We received many high-quality academic, art and creative writing submissions! – We look forward to seeing all of you at our…
Volume 7 Journal Launch!
Afternoon of April 3rd @ SSMU: Madeleine Parent Room 
Mark your Calendars!
Until then, here are a few other upcoming things to keep you busy:
Annual Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Women
Friday, February 14th @ 6:00pm, Place Emilie Gamelin (near Berri-UQAM)
Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (Missing Justice) invites you and yours to come out and show your love on Valentine’s Day by coming out to this year’s Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Women on Friday February 14th, 6pm at Place Emilie Gamelin (Berri Metro, corner Berri & Ste. Catherine).
The first women’s memorial march was held in 1991 in response to the murder of a First Nations Coast Salish woman on Powell Street in Vancouver. Out of this sense of hopelessness and anger came an annual march on Valentine’s Day to express compassion, community, and caring for all women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Unceded Coast Salish Territories.
Building Bridges Through Understanding: 
An Experiential Workshop on Colonization and Reconciliation
Friday, February 21st from 9:00am-5:00pm, Downtown YMCA Centre Ville, Montreal
Hosted by Canadian Roots Exchange
Geared to solutions and healing rather than recrimination , and inspired by Jann Derrick’s teachings of ‘The Circle and The Box,’ and by many Elder’s teachings, this experiential workshop, will help participants to better understand traditional Aboriginal ways and values as well as our personal role in supporting their revival. It will also explore the affects of Residential Schools and Canada’s Policy of Assimilation. This workshop is a great forum in which to ask questions and is done from a non-blame and non-shame perspective.
THE FACILITATOR: Kathi Camilleri is an Aboriginal woman from British Columbia who has worked coordinating healing programs in the Aboriginal Community for 16 years
**This workshop is FREE and is open to all youth aged 30 years old and under, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous
** lunch will be served provided and SPACE IS LIMITED
Please confirm your attendance by 
Canadian Studies Journal 
CSAUS – The Canadian Studies Association of Undergraduate Students is still accepting submissions for its Journal Publication, “Canadian Content”.
– Seeking papers and diverse mediums (plays, poetry, photography, short stories etc).
– Essays or academic work should have received a grade of A- or higher
– Submissions must be “Canadian themed”
– English or French both welcomed
Email submissions to
DEADLINE: March 1, 2014


– Your KANATA Exec

KANATA – McGill Indigenous Studies Community

Welcome back, McGill!

KANATA is excited to welcome everyone back for another year! We have many exciting events planned and look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones!

A huge thanks to everyone who came out to the 12th Annual McGill Pow Wow, it was a great success. We are excited to start the semester off with the 3rd Annual Indigenous Awareness Week which will run from September 23rd to the 27th. KANATA will be presenting a screening of The Real Injun on Tuesday September 24th at 4pm. The Real Injun examines the Indigenous representation and appropriation of Native American culture through out film history.


For more information please see the facebook event for full details surrounding Indigenous Awareness Week.

KANATA Volume 6 Journal Launch!

After much hard work, KANATA Volume 6  is finally here!

Please join us for our Journal Launch, Friday April 12, 2013!

Featuring talent and performances from the McGill and Montreal community:
Spoken Word Artist Tiffany Harrington
Singer/Songwriter Demiel Pepin
Hoop Dancer Marie-Celine Charron

We are proud to also be hosting a fundraising raffle for the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal!

Journals will be available for purchase for $12, $2 from each book going to the Native Women’s Shelter.
There will be refreshments and food served!
5pm-7pm in the Madeline Parent Room, 2nd floor SSMU.3480 McTavish Street.

Please come out and support local writers and artists as well as the Native Women’s Shelter!Screen Shot 2013-04-02 at 12.47.09 PM

KANATA Vol. 6 – Call for Submissions!!

KANATA, the Undergraduate Journal of the Indigenous Studies Community of McGill University is calling for submissions for its sixth volume.

KANATA is an interdisciplinary student-published journal with content that focuses on topics relating to Indigenous Peoples of North America.

Open Submissions: 

  • Writing from any academic discipline (A-range papers, 15 pages maximum double-spaced, excluding references)
  • Non-academic writing and Art including short stories (fiction & non-fiction), poetry, personal reflections, paintings, photography, photo essays, etc.

Submissions policy: 

  • KANATA prioritizes publishing undergraduate work although unpublished material from all levels is also accepted
  • Priority is given to McGill students for academic submissions, however students and non-students outside of McGill are encouraged to submit as well
  • Please include references for all academic work, your full name, and the academic institution or community you are a member of

Deadline for Submissions: February 4, 2013 extended to February 11, 2013! Send submissions to: 

For questions and/or more information please

 In the midst of the national uprising and international movement, Idle No More, KANATA is committed to engaging in dialogue with the greater community on Indigenous issues and creating platforms for the sharing of knowledge. We work in the spirit of raising consciousness and enriching our education; in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples everywhere.

Kanata Peer-to-Peer Conference Starts TOMORROW! [Nov.27-28]

Hello Friends of KANATA!

Our conference is just a day away! Our schedule is now confirmed with new additions to the “Connecting Community” sharing sessions, the Aboriginal Law Students’ Association and the Barriere Lake Solidarity Project!

The final schedule is below. We hope to see you there to participate in dialogue and learn of the important work our community is engaged in!

KANATA’s 2nd Annual Peer-to-Peer Conference: Connecting Community Schedule:

Tuesday, November 27:

10:00am – 4:00pm events in:
SSMU Breakout Room
3480 McTavish Street
2nd Floor

4:30pm – 6:30pm events in:
Thomson House
3650 McTavish Street
Room 404

Opening Celebratory Hoop Dance
by Marie Celine Charron,Naskapis Nation
10:00am – 10:15am

NETWORK Health Committee
10:15am – 11:30am

Midnight Kitchen Solidarity Lunch
11:30am – 12:15pm

Quebec Native Women
12:15pm – 1:30pm

North American Indigenous Studies Program (working title) Community Forum
2:00pm – 4:00pm

—— switch venues from Breakout Room to Thomson House ——

Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal
4:30 – 5:30

Aboriginal Law Students’ Association
5:30pm – 6:30pm


Wednesday, November 28

10:00am – 2:30pm events in:
First Peoples’ House
3505 Peel Street

3:00pm – 6:30pm events in:
Thomson House
3650 McTavish Street
Room 404

First Peoples’ House
10:00am – 11:30am

Soup and Bannock
11:30am – 12:30pm

Indigenous Students Alliance
1:00pm – 2:30pm

—— switch venues from First Peoples House to Thomson House ——

Aboriginal Health Interest Group
3:00pm – 4:00pm

Barriere Lake Solidarity Project
4:00pm – 5:00pm

Concordia’s First Peoples Studies
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Café KANATA Meet and Greet
6:00pm – 7:00pm

EVENT UPDATE: Kanata Peer-to-Peer Conference Dates Confirmed! [Nov.27-28]

Big news today for Kanata enthusiasts! The dates for our annual peer-to-peer conference have been confirmed as Tuesday, November 27th and Wednesday, November 28th.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Connecting Community”, and our presenter list will reflect this. Presenters will include the ISA (Indigenous Student Alliance)FPH (First People’s House), the Aboriginal Law Association, and many more on and off-campus groups soon to be announced!

Further details will be released soon, so keep checking back for updates. Hope to see you all there!

EVENT: Culture Shock! Oct 15th – 20th, 2012


Culture Shock is an annual event series dedicated to exploring the myths surrounding immigrants, refugees, indigenous people and communities of colour. Culture Shock seeks to bring together members of these communities to engage in dialogue about issues relevant to their lives, as well as to educate non-members around some of the issues faced by communities of colour in Canada and beyond. Every year, QPIRG and the SSMU bring panels, workshops, film screenings and fundraiser parties to McGill students and the broader Montreal community as part of the Culture Shock programming. Culture Shock is co-organized annually by the Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) at McGill and the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU).

All events are free and open to the public.

Find the full schedule here:

Some of the events that might be of interest:

Film Screening: “Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance”
Co-sponsored by Midnight Kitchen
Thursday, October 18th – 1pm
SSMU Building 3480 McTavish, room 302 (metro Peel)

Workshop: Indigenous Voices on Climate Change
Presented by Pam Gross a delegate with the Conversations with the Earth (CWE)
Friday, October 19th – 12pm
SSMU Building 3480 McTavish, room 302 (metro Peel)


KANATA thanks you for a great year!

Hello friends of KANATA,

Thank you to all who came out and celebrated KANATA’s Journal Launch on Wednesday April 11th. It was a great event to celebrate the hard work of the Editorial Team and the submissions of this volume’s contributors. We also are grateful to Demiel Pepin, Chelsea Vowel and Katsitsa Roxann Whitebear for sharing their creative song and word with us.

As you know, the Journal Launch was also a fundraiser for the Inter-Tribal Youth Centre and the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal, who are both in a funding crisis right now. More information about it can be found here. KANATA is thankful for the various local businesses and individuals who donated for the raffle fundraiser. We were successful in fundraising almost $300 for the centres. Thanks to all your support.

If you were not able to attend the journal launch, you are more than welcome to get your copy of our journal with a suggested donation of $8.00 at the First People’s House  on Peel. We also encourage you to continue to show your support for the NFCM and the ITYC by methods suggested on our website below.

KANATA will be back in full force next year. We will be continuing our Indigenous Studies Conference, continuing our partnerships on campus and in the community, and will be working on moving the Hochelaga rock. Over the summer, our postings will be less frequent. If you have any questions, comments or events to share contact us at:


Thanks to all our supporters and community members. It really was an amazing year,


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