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KANATA Journal Launch: April 11th @ 6pm in the SSMU Breakout Room!

On Wednesday, April 11th from 6pm to 8pm KANATA is hosting its Volume 5 Journal Launch Celebration!

KANATA encourages you to come and show your support for our community and journal! Our journal launch serves to distribute and celebrate the publication but also to showcase other forms of knowledge transmission that could not be included in the pages of the academic journal. This includes storytelling, poetry readings, exhibiting artwork, musical performances and more. We thank and recognize contributors of the journal and we provide snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments. If you know anyone who would be interested in showcasing some form of art at our journal launch, please encourage them to contact KANATA at

This year’s journal launch is also unique in that it will also be a fundraiser for the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal and the Inter-tribal Youth Centre. The Inter-tribal Youth Centre just recently was forced to close due to a funding dispute. The Native Friendship Centre of Montreal is also threatened to close due to a lack of funding. Raffles and other fundraising activities will take place to support these integral centres for the urban indigenous community of Montreal. More information can be found here.

For more information about the launch, please contact KANATA at

Housing Policies for First Nations Communities

McGill University’s Aboriginal Sustainability Project and the Post-Graduate Students’ Society (PGSS) is proud to announce that we will be hosting a discussion with Assembly of First Nations’ Senior Nations’ Senior Policy Advisor on Housing and Infrastructure, Dewey Smith:


‘Housing Policies for First Nation Communities’

Stemming from the Attawapiskat Benefit Concert, last December, a commitment was made to continue the dialogue in First Nations’ Housing policy across Canada.

We will be joined by the Assembly of First Nations’ Senior Policy Advisor on Housing and Infrastructure, Dewey Smith. He will discuss the current housing policy, and answer questions to know why communities do very well, and others do not, in the case of Attawapiskat.

Dewey Smith is a committed Aboriginal professional with extensive experience, background and knowledge in all matters of housing, both On and Off Reserve.  He has demonstrated an ability to provide services in the development of concepts, strategies and policies that build the capacity of First Nation peoples, communities and organizations.

He is currently a Senior Policy Advisor for the Assembly of First Nations where he provides analysis of current issues on housing and infrastructure to the Office of the National Chief and the AFN Housing and Infrastructure Secretariat.  This includes strategies for planning and building the necessary social, financial and technical that any First Nation needs to develop to achieve sustainability.  The key to all of these efforts has been to facilitate the exploration of the options and opportunities involved in making an informed decision on a future direction for First Nation green and sustainable housing.

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and McGill’s event page :


Wednesday, April 4

2:00pm – 4:00pm


Ballroom, Thomson House

McGill University



NFCM and ITYC’s Funding is Under Severe Threat: But You CAN Help!

If you have not heard already, the funding for the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal (NFCM) and the Inter-tribal Youth Centre (ITYC) have been revoked. KANATA members have discovered that the ITYC is effectively shut down due to lack of funds. We are very concerned for the future of these two organizations that do such wonderful work.

Here is a link to a story done by APTN:

We encourage everyone to write a letters of support to advocate for the reinstatement of Aboriginal Friendship Centre Program (AFCP) core funding for 2011-2012 and beyond as well as for the Inter-Tribal Youth Centre under Aboriginal Peoples’ Program: Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth (CCAY). People have the power, and letters, especially individually written ones, do make a difference. 

Here are a list of contacts that you can send your letter of support to:

1.      Le Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec

225, Chef-Max-Gros-Louis, bureau 250
Wendake (Québec)
G0A 4V0
Téléphone : 418-842-6354
Ligne sans frais : 1-877-842-6354

2.      Josee Goulet – Executive director of the regroupement

3.      Edith Cloutier – President of the regroupement
819 825-8299

4.      National Association of Friendship Centres (their President is Jeff Syr).

275 MacLaren Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K2P 0L9

Tel: 613-563-4844
Toll Free: (877) 563-4844
Fax: 613-594-3428

The whole Friendship Centre Movement is funded by the department of Canadian Heritage.


Canadian Heritage
15 Eddy Street
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M5


Telephone: 819-997-0055

Toll-free*: 1-866-811-0055

The minister of Canadian Heritage is James Moore.


Community Office
James Moore MP
2603 St. John’s Street
Port Moody, BC, V3H 2B5

Ottawa Office
James Moore MP
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A5


Aboriginal Sustainability Project Film Screening March 30th

McGill University’s Aboriginal Sustainability Project and the Redpath Museum’s Freaky Friday Program is proud to announce that we will be hosting a film screening and Q & A with producer Christina Fon:

‘Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian’

Join us afterward with a discussion with one of the producers on the film, Christina Fon.

Cree director Neil Diamond brings a wry and slightly mischievous wit to this insightful and entertaining documentary that traces the evolution of the powerful images of “the Indian” in Hollywood movies”

These images have influenced the understanding (and misunderstanding) of North American Natives in almost every corner of the world and have locked the North American natives into powerful stereotypes, from which they only recently started to break loose.

With clips from classic and modern films, candid interviews with famous Native and non-Native directors, writers, actors, and activists such as Clint Eastwood, Robbie Robertson, Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Graham Greene, John Trudell and Russell Means, as well as documentary sequences, where filmmaker Diamond guides us through the contemporary Native stereotyped and non-stereotyped landscape. REEL INJUN is a smart and entertaining exploration of pop culture, America’s myths and Hollywood’s fantasies about the “Indians of the Wild West”.

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Friday, March 30

5:00pm – 8:00pm

Auditorium Redpath Museum
McGill University


Indigenous Education : Lessons in Self-Determination

McGill University’s Aboriginal Sustainability Project and the Sauvé Scholar Program is proud to announce that it will be hosting

‘Indigenous Education : Lessons in Self-Determination from the Akwesasne Freedom School’

Join us for an interesting discussion with Dr. Louellyn White on the Akwesasne freedom schools’ self determination practices in indigenous education.

Dr. Louellyn White is Mohawk from Akwesasne and grew up in the Mohawk Valley of central New York. She is currently an Assistant Professor in First Peoples Studies at Concordia University. She completed a PhD in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona where she focused on Indigenous education and language revitalization. Dr. White was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois. Her book manuscript “Free to be Kanienkeha’ka: A case study of educational self-determination at the Akwesasne Freedom School,” will be published with the University of Oklahoma Press.

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Thursday, March 1

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Maison Jeanne Sauvé
1514, Docteur-Penfield Avenue


Inter-Tribal Youth Centre Seeks Volunteers

Are you interested in working with youth and teaching?

The Aboriginal Sustainability Project is looking for volunteers to tutor youth at the Inter-Tribal Youth Centre’s new program, Homework Help!

Volunteers will provide free one-on-one tutoring and mentoring to youth, ages 12 and up, in subject areas that fit your personal expertise. Strengthen your teaching skills and learn more about Montreal’s urban Aboriginal community.

Volunteers will start in March, on Monday nights from 4:00pm to 5:30pm at the Inter-Tribal Youth Centre on 2001 St. Laurent Blvd.

To get involved, please contact Allan Vicaire at:

Join the Move the Rock Campaign!

Join McGill University’s Community in a campaign :


Move The Hochelaga Rock

The campaign is set to reclaim history and promote awareness of history that many of the members of the McGill community are unaware of.

The Hochelaga Rock commerates a fortified Iroquoian village of Hochelaga that today McGill occupies. The rock faces a fence on the Lower Field between Roddick Gates and the McLennan library.

It is a terrible location and most students do not know that it exists.

We must reclaim an important part of Iroquoian and Canadian history.

Let us work together and move the rock!

For more Information of the campaign, visit our Facebook Page :

Aboriginal Student Association at York University Seeks Submissions for March Conference

PLAN NORD: Perspectives, Challenges and Promises for Northern Indigenous Communities

From our friends over at the ALA:

The Aboriginal Law Students Association, Environmental Law McGill and the International Journal on Sustainable Development Law and Policy are pleased to welcome the public to attend a cross-disciplinary panel discussion bringing together indigenous leaders and community members, researchers, legal practitioners and representatives of civil society organizations to discuss some of the issues arising from the implementation of Plan Nord.

Plan Nord, the Government of Quebec’s ambitious development strategy covering some two thirds of the province’s territory north of the 49th parallel, contemplates the development of the energy, mining, forestry, biofood and transportation sectors across the area. The sought-after land is inhabited by some 33,000 members of the Cree, Inuit, and Innu communities, most of which remain geographically isolated and have been historically marginalized. Advertised as a new model of sustainable development which will reconcile economic, environmental and social aspirations, Plan Nord promises to open an economic space for aboriginal participants and to build a partnership with Aboriginal communities based on respect of indigenous cultures and identities. Yet, many questions remain with regards to the measures which will be taken to flesh out the government’s commitments and achieve its stated goals.

Panelists will aim to provide an analysis of the issues affecting Northern indigenous communities with regards to consultation processes and the eventual implementation of the Government of Quebec’s commitments and constitutional obligations towards Aboriginal communities. The potential impacts of large-scale development projects on indigenous cultures, governance and livelihoods, the promises and pitfalls of sustainable development as a framework for the implementation of Plan Nord and issues of participation in decision-making, governance and self-determination, will be addressed.


*   Chief Ghislain Picard, Regional Chief of Quebec and Labrador, Assembly of First Nations

*   Me John Paul Murdoch, attorney

*   Ugo Lapointe, spokesperson for La Coalition Pour que le Québec ait Meilleure Mine!

*   Aurélie Arnaud, Native Women of Quebec Inc.

*   Harry Tulugak, Makivik Corporation (to be confirmed)

*   Professor Colin Scott, Associate Professor, Faculty of Anthropology, McGill University

*   Professor Jaye Ellis, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law and McGill School of Environment

Presentation will be in French or in English

Saturday February 11, 2012, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Room 100, New Chancellor-Day Hall Building

Faculty of Law, McGill University; 3644 Peel Street

To register, please email Nelly Marcoux before February 6th, at

This event has been co-sponsored by the Hydro Quebec Fund for Sustainable Development Law and McGill’s Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism.

KANATA’s Journal Seeks Submissions!

KANATA- Undergraduate Journal of the Indigenous Studies Community of McGill is calling for submissions for its fifth volume.

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

Open Submissions: writing from any academic discipline (non-academic work of high quality accepted) and art submissions including paintings, photography, poetry, and short stories.

Submissions policy: KANATA prioritizes publishing undergraduate work. As well, in respect to academic submissions, priority is given to McGill students while submissions from outside of McGill are accepted.

Deadline for Submissions: February 14th, 2012

Send submissions to:

For questions and/or more information please contact:

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