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Catching Up: Indigenous Studies Program, Events, and Journal

First, we’d like to sincerely apologize for the lack of activity on our website  – we had a server error which locked us out – but we are back now with lots of major updates:




The Indigenous Studies Minor Program was launched!

Read about it here:

Description of the Minor Program Here

Logo design by Marcy Maracle, member of the Indigenous Student Alliance

KANATA EVENTS – 2014-2015

We launched our 8th Volume on April 9th, 2015 and wish to thank everyone who came to the launch!


The Volume: 8

KANATA Executive Coordinators: Chris Gismondi & Caleb Holden

KANATA Executive Board 2014-2015: Ariane Carter, Mélanie Wittes, Ashley Vach, Marta Kolbuszewska, Jasmin Winter, Iain Childerhose, Rosie Hatton, Catherine Penney, and Jed Nabwangu

KANATA Editors-in-Chief: Caleb Holdern & Marta Kolbuszewska

KANATA Editors: Alexander Furneaux, Avelaine Freeman, Caroline Copeman, Casarina Hocebar, Emily Weatherbed, Evelyne To, Haya Rizvi, Jackie Cooper, Jacob Schweda, Jaky Kueper, Jennifer Yoon, Kate Harris, Kariane St-Denis, Mackenna Caughron, Michael Wrobel, Monica Allaby, Nicole Cerpnjak, Nina Patti, Varun Chandra, Vita Azaro

Guest Editorial: Dr. Allan Downey

Content Contributors: Marta Kolbuszewska, Stephani Willsey, Joanna Jordan, Jennifer Mueller, Robbie Madsen, Jasmin Winter, Sarah Swiderski, Chris Gismondi, Michael Klassen,  Sophie Beauregard, Aaron Blair, Cedar Eve-Peters, Joe Jaw Ashoona, , Ava Liu, David Searle, Mélanie Wittes, Clare Heggies, Jannika Nyberg, Émile Duschesne, Shariss Oster

Design Editor: Jay Rajpal

E-Version: KANATA Vol. 8 Winter 2015

Join Us for KANATA Vol. 7 Journal Launch on April 3rd, 2014

Join us for Snacks, Live Music, Spoken Word, and Journals! 

Come celebrate the launch of Volume 7 of KANATA, our annual journal publication and the hard work of individuals involved in this year’s publication, as well as to celebrate the creation of the new Indigenous Studies minor at McGill!

The launch will be a fundraiser for the Montreal Native Women’s Shelter.

(3:00-5:00pm on April 3, 2014 @ SSMU: Madeleine Parent Room)


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!

EVENTS: Halloween Party + AGM at the Native Friendship Centre

NFCM logo

Two events happening this evening at the Friendship Centre!

Halloween party for the kids at the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal
Time: 6:30pm, Tuesday, Oct.30
Address: 2001 Boul. St. Laurent (corner Ontario)
Prizes for best costume!


Annual General Meeting for the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal
Time: 6:00pm, Tuesday, Oct.30
Address: 2001 Boul. St. Laurent (corner Ontario)

Add Nfcm Montreal on Facebook for more Friendship Centre updates!

Community Engagement Day October 5th, 2012

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

Arctic Realities: Inuit Perspectives on Change

March 12 to 16, 2012

All events are free and open to the public.

In a fast pace changing world, in the Canadian arctic how are the people able to adapt to these rapid changes in regard to essential services; health; education; and social. How has previous government been able to adapt to the changes, and what is the current climate. The week will focus onInuit perspectives through the lenses of law, health, education, environment, and government.

For more information, please forward general inquiries to or (514) 398-3711.

=> Monday March 12, 2012

5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Education Building, Room 129, 3700 rue McTavish

Udloriak Hanson is Special Advisor to Mary Simon, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. She is currently also ITK’s Acting Executive Director. She has significant experience representing Inuit interests with regard to policy development.

Ms. Hanson has negotiated tri-partite agreements between the Federal Government; the Government of Nunavut; and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the territorial land claims organization. She has held senior positions at Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., including Chief Negotiator on the devolution file. Ms. Hanson was also Executive Director of Nunavut’s Qaujisaqtiit Society, the territory’s first consortium of Inuit non-profit organizations.

She was born and raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and has undergraduate degrees in business administration and education. She is a frequent guest speaker, nationally and internationally, on issues affecting Inuit across Canada. Ms. Hanson currently serves on the ArcticNet Board of Directors and on the Board of Directors for Tungasuvvingat Inuit in Ottawa.

Hosted by the Aboriginal Sustainability Project.

=> Tuesday March 13, 2012

5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Thomas House Basement, 3650 rue McTavish

Inuit populations face similar health challenges as many of Canada’s indigenous groups — unacceptably high rates of both acute and chronic disease, including respiratory infections, diabetes, and suicide. Yet Inuit culture, as well as the climate and geography of the Arctic environment, add particular complexity to medical care and health promotion for this population.
Minnie Grey is one of the foremost Inuit leaders in the world – a champion for Inuit self-government, and community and economic development, and former Executive Director of the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services among many other prominent positions. In this session she will share her perspectives on the state of health among Inuit — including the realities of health care and social services, and the interplay of cultural, political and economic factors in determining health status and quality of life for Inuit people.” Minnie Grey, Chief Negotiator for Nunavik self-government Nasivvik

Hosted by McGill Aboriginal Health Interest Group.

=> Wednesday March 14, 2012

6:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Chancellor Day, Room 314, 3644 rue Peel

A film screening of the NFB documentary Qimmit: A Clash of Two Truths, which addresses allegations of an organized dog slaughter in Nunavut’s Baffin region as well as the changes experienced in the Arctic from the 1950s to the 1970s.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Ole Gjerstad, co-director of the film, and with someone involved in the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, which explored this issue over several years and released its final report in 2010. We have also invited an Inuit Elder who has experienced firsthand the changes that have occurred in the Arctic over the last six decades.

Some light refreshments will be provided.

Hosted by the Aboriginal Law Students’ Association.

=> Thursday March 15, 2012

5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Stewart Biology, Room S3/3, 1205 Docteur Penfield Ave.

Inuit living in the Arctic who want to attend post-secondary education most certainly have to leave home: there are few opportunities to pursue post-secondary education in the Arctic. The impetus for discussing the relationship between Montreal and the north is to deconstruct the many stereotypes and misconceptions regarding the Indigenous peoples of the Arctic that live, work, study, and visit Montreal. We will be hosting a panel discussion on what it actually means to be an Arctic northerner moving/living in Montreal in an effort to confront these stereotypes and validate individual experiences. Inuit students and staff from John Abbott College will be discussing their experiences in Montreal as people who have moved here from the Arctic.

Included in the panel will also be a presentation and introductory lesson about the language of Inuktituk provided by Inuktituk instructor, Jason Annahatak. Jason is from Kangirsuk, located in the Nunavik region of Quebec. He is fluent in Inuktitut and speaks it at every opportunity. He is currently an Inuktitut instructor to Inuit students at John Abbott college and Cegep Marie-Victorin. He also teaches introductory Inuktitut to the employees of Makivik Corporation.

Hosted by KANATA, Undergraduate Journal of the Indigenous Studies Community of McGill.

=> Friday March 16, 2012

4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
Native Friendship Centre of Montreal, 2001 St. Laurent Blvd

Join us in celebrating the end of Arctic Realities with a fun filled evening at the Inter-Tribal Youth Center! The evening will showcase various Inuit activities; throat singing; demonstration of traditional Inuit games; and drumming.

KANATA will be hosting a bake sale and providing coffee and tea.

Hosted by the Inter-Tribal Youth Centre of Montreal.

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


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.

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