Category: Journal

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:

 

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INDIGENOUS STUDIES MINOR PROGRAM

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
KANATA JOURNAL

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

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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)

 

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 mcgillnativestudiesjournal@gmail.com.

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 mcgillnativestudiesjournal@gmail.com.

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: mcgillnativestudiesjournal@gmail.com

For questions and/or more information please contact: mcgillnativestudiesjournal@gmail.com

KANATA Launches Volume 4


On April 7th,  KANATA launched Volume 4 of its academic journal.

The Volume

KANATA Executive Board & Editors: Rachel Thorne, Derrick Lovell, Pamela Fillion, Marie-France Barrette, Alanna Bockus, Charlotte Burns, Paumalū Cassiday, Devon Cass, Yolanda Clatworthy, Jocelyn Dockerty, Scott Franks, Jordan Graham, Sophia Rashid Khan, Tyler Lawson, Nicolas Magnien, Hossai Majid, and Rebecca Smith

Content Contributors: Professor Catherine Debarats, Anne Whitehead, Talia Bronstein, The Inter-Tribal Youth Center, Justin Douglas, Caryma S’ad, Rachel Thorne, Hannah Fletcher-Pallascio, Charlotte Burns, Lynsey Grosfield, Emily Dolmans, Bryn Turnbull, Cedar-Eve Peters, Alex Eberlin-Timmons, Jon Booth, Danielle Lorenz, Sarah Kerr, Scott Baker, Karl Selm and Jamie Ross

Design Editor: Paul Col

E-Version: KANATA Vol.4 Winter 2011

The Launch in Photos

 

Photography by Victor Tangermann

KANATA wishes to thank all of the performers and all of those who attended the launch for making this night a success!

Thank you.

 

Save The Date: KANATA Journal Launch Soiree on April 7th


KANATA Journal Launch and Call for Performers & Artwork

KANATA is proud to present the launch of Volume 4 of KANATA – Undergraduate Journal of the Indigenous Studies Community of McGill.

Save the Date: April 7th at 7:00pm
Location: Arts Lounge, Leacock B-12 (Basement), McGill Campus

The launch will include performances from a variety of artists and will be a unique opportunity to experience different forms of knowledge creation, transmission, and sharing as well as a time for celebration.

Also, there will be free refreshments, baked goods, treats, and snacks!

KANATA is looking for performers (poetry readings, storytelling, musical performances, etc) and also looking to exhibit artwork.

If you would like to perform and/or interested in having your artwork exhibited please contact us at mcgillnativestudiesjournal@gmail.com.

Guests of Honours:

Contributors

Professor Catherine Debarats
Anne Whitehead
Talia Bronstein
The Inter-Tribal Youth Center
Justin Douglas
Caryma S’ad
Rachel Thorne
Hannah Fletcher-Pallascio
Charlotte Burns
Lynsey Grosfield
Emily Dolmans
Bryn Turnbull
Cedar-Eve Peters
Alex Eberlin-Timmons
Jon Booth
Danielle Lorenz
Sarah Kerr
Scott Baker
Karl Selm
Jamie Ross

Executive & Editors

Rachel Thorne
Derrick Lovell
Pamela Fillion
Marie-France Barrette
Alanna Bockus
Charlotte Burns
Paumalū Cassiday
Devon Cass
Yolanda Clatworthy
Jocelyn Dockerty
Scott Franks
Jordan Graham
Sophia Rashid Khan
Tyler Lawson
Nicolas Magnien
Hossai Majid
Rebecca Smith
Paul Col

For more information, contact mcgillnativestudiesjournal@gmail.com

KANATA Journal Launch and Call for Performers & Artwork

KANATA is proud to present the launch of Volume 4 of KANATA – Undergraduate Journal of the Indigenous Studies Community of McGill.

Save the Date: April 7th at 7:00pm
Location: Arts Lounge, Leacock B-12 (Basement), McGill Campus

The launch will include performances from a variety of artists and will be a unique opportunity to experience different forms of knowledge creation, transmission, and sharing as well as a time for celebration.

Also, there will be free refreshments, baked goods, treats, and snacks!

KANATA is looking for performers (poetry readings, storytelling, musical performances, etc) and also looking to exhibit artwork.

If you would like to perform and/or interested in having your artwork exhibited please contact us at mcgillnativestudiesjournal@gmail.com.

Guests of Honours:

Contributors

Professor Catherine Debarats
Anne Whitehead
Talia Bronstein
The Inter-Tribal Youth Center
Justin Douglas
Caryma S’ad
Rachel Thorne
Hannah Fletcher-Pallascio
Charlotte Burns
Lynsey Grosfield
Emily Dolmans
Bryn Turnbull
Cedar-Eve Peters
Alex Eberlin-Timmons
Jon Booth
Danielle Lorenz
Sarah Kerr
Scott Baker
Karl Selm
Jamie Ross

Executive & Editors

Rachel Thorne
Derrick Lovell
Pamela Fillion
Marie-France Barrette
Alanna Bockus
Charlotte Burns
Paumalū Cassiday
Devon Cass
Yolanda Clatworthy
Jocelyn Dockerty
Scott Franks
Jordan Graham
Sophia Rashid Khan
Tyler Lawson
Nicolas Magnien
Hossai Majid
Rebecca Smith
Paul Col

For more information, contact mcgillnativestudiesjournal@gmail.com

KANATA Journal Launch and Call for Performers & Artwork

KANATA is proud to present the launch of Volume 4 of KANATA – Undergraduate Journal of the Indigenous Studies Community of McGill.

Save the Date: April 7th at 7:00pm
Location: Arts Lounge, Leacock B-12 (Basement), McGill Campus

The launch will include performances from a variety of artists and will be a unique opportunity to experience different forms of knowledge creation, transmission, and sharing as well as a time for celebration.

Also, there will be free refreshments, baked goods, treats, and snacks!

KANATA is looking for performers (poetry readings, storytelling, musical performances, etc) and also looking to exhibit artwork.

If you would like to perform and/or interested in having your artwork exhibited please contact us at mcgillnativestudiesjournal@gmail.com.

Guests of Honours:

Contributors

Professor Catherine Debarats
Anne Whitehead
Talia Bronstein
The Inter-Tribal Youth Center
Justin Douglas
Caryma S’ad
Rachel Thorne
Hannah Fletcher-Pallascio
Charlotte Burns
Lynsey Grosfield
Emily Dolmans
Bryn Turnbull
Cedar-Eve Peters
Alex Eberlin-Timmons
Jon Booth
Danielle Lorenz
Sarah Kerr
Scott Baker
Karl Selm
Jamie Ross

Executive & Editors

Rachel Thorne
Derrick Lovell
Pamela Fillion
Marie-France Barrette
Alanna Bockus
Charlotte Burns
Paumalū Cassiday
Devon Cass
Yolanda Clatworthy
Jocelyn Dockerty
Scott Franks
Jordan Graham
Sophia Rashid Khan
Tyler Lawson
Nicolas Magnien
Hossai Majid
Rebecca Smith
Paul Col

For more information, contact mcgillnativestudiesjournal@gmail.com

Calling for Submissions to Showcase Artwork by Youth

KANATA Launches Volume 2 and Volume 3

The Volumes

On April 6, 2010 KANATA launched Volume 2 Fall 2009 and Volume 3 Winter 2010 of it’s Journal.

Volume 2 Fall 2009

Editors: Pamela Fillion, James Ross, Paumalū Cassiday, Charlotte Burns, Alanna Bockus, Sara Maranda-Gauvin, Kristin Filiatrault, Nicolas Van Beek, Scott Baker, Cassandra Porter, Sophia Rashid Kahn, Crystal Chan, and John Aymes.

Content Contributors: Hayden King, Danielle Lorenz, Deborah Hayek, Kristin Filiatrault, Andreanne Langevin, Katie McDougall, Lindsay Terry, James Ross, Quinn Albaugh, Charlotte Burns, Rachel Thorne, Melani Bodi, Anna Robinson, and Derrick Lovell.

Design Editors: John Aymes and Paul Col.

E-version:KANATA Vol.2 Fall 2009

Volume 3 Winter 2010

Editors: Rosalie Dion-Picard, Pamela Fillion, James Ross, Paumalū Cassiday, Charlotte Burns, Alanna Bockus, Sara Maranda-Gauvin, Kristin Filiatrault, Nicolas Van Beek, Scott Baker, Cassandra Porter, Sophia Rashid Kahn, John Aymes, Hossai Majid, and Kevin Wyllie.

Content Contributors: Francine Lemay, Michael Loft, Aude Leroux-Chartre, Marie-France Barrette, Eloise Ouellet-Décoste, Nicolas Moreau, Rebecca Tekatsitsahkhwa Robertson, Pamela Fillion, Christine Porterfield, Catherine Duclos, Marianna Daniels, Young Artist Warriors, Xiomara Hurni-Cranston, Alexandra Wilson, and Nogeeshik Isaac.

Design Editors: John Aymes and Paul Col.

E-Version:KANATA Vol. 3 WInter 2010

The Launch: Artists

The celebrations included good food and most importantly live performances, poetry readings, short film screenings and storytelling.

Here is some information on three of the many performers who shared their talents that evening:

Emcee N3mo

“My Name is Nimo John Awa. I’m originally from Pond Inlet, Nunavut however I grew up in Iqaluit, Nunavut with different people, the different people I grew up with made me what I am today.
I don’t need to talk about the bad but I give my dad, who I was with from 11 to 17, props for the good. My music is hip hop rap, but I’m not a gangster. I can’t lie, I’ve written gangster stuff but thats behind me now. What I go for now is positive messages to my people and anyone who listens. I write positive lyrics so that people change thier ways today. I had a hard life and my music helps me get through so I hope that other people who listen can get through thier hard life through my message. My influences are Eminem and Tupac becouse they have strong and positive messages but these influences are nothing compared to my life experience.”

Emcee N3mo came to the launch as part of Young Artist Warriors. Here is a link to a live performance given by Emcee N3mo and Chorus Fly as part of their work with Young Artist Warriors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ju00Vc1bejY

Check out Young Artist Warriors: http://www.youngartistwarriors.blogspot.com/

Vincent Isaac

Vincent Isaac’s performance of several traditional songs at the launch was a great gift to the celebration.

Here is his artist bio:

“Vincent Isaac is a Mi’gmaq Native from the Listuguj reservation in the Gaspé region of Quebec, who uses his voice and traditional songs to heal.

Vincent is from the wolf clan, and is also known by his indian name Grey Wolf.

He shares songs, stories, and words from the elders and people he has met.”

Sapo

“with her songs… your average neurotic chameleon here only wishes to take you for a ride… despues de cinco años de viaje… y algunos mas de sedentarismo… Sapo croit mieux saisir sa citation préférée: “on ne voyage jamais qu’en soi-même” und von alles was sie probieren hat (gedicht, theater, zeichnung, photo, film), music is the only one that can take her home in a flash! and so now you know the whole story.” – From myspace.com/sapoooo

The band consists of:

Sapo – guitar, accordion, piano, vocals
Dominic Comtois – percussions, glockenspiel, vocals
Jake Charkey – cello, vocals
Eli Richards – trombone, banjo

Website: http://www.sapoavec.ca/

The Celebration in Photos

Below are pictures of the launch taken by Scott Baker, KANATA Board Member.


KANATA wishes to thank all of the performers and all of those who attended the launch for making this night a success!

Thank you.

KANATA Founded in Winter 2009 and Launches Vol. 1 in Spring 2009

Beginnings

The idea for KANATA arose during a seminar class at McGill University. In many ways, the students of this seminar class are responsible for the creation of KANATA.

The strong interest demonstrated by these students and the need to find a way to share and dicsuss the knowledge gained in  academic settings more broadly and beyond the “bubble” of academia led to conversations between persons of interest (at McGill and beyond) and the two co-founders of KANATA, Pamela Fillion and Catherine Duclos (right to left in the bottom row of the photo above which was taken at the Aditawazi Nisoditadiwin: Empowerment Through Knowledge Conference at Carleton University).

Out of these many conversations and some research on the state of Native Studies in Canada, emerged the idea to create a peer-reviewed Journal which would reach out and bring together a community of students and persons interested in the sharing of ideas and knowledge pertaining to topics related to and affecting Native Peoples of North America and Indigenous Peoples across the world. Although the fields of Native Studies and Indigenous Studies have in some respects different focus areas, in many respects they overlap and intersect. The Journal was conceived with this understanding.

This Journal as well as the advocation for a minor program in Native Studies at McGill became the primary focus of the foundational beginnings of KANATA.

Thus, KANATA, the Indigenous Studies Community of McGill, exists today due to the hard work of its founding members, founding editorial board, and the support from faculty and scholars as well as a variety of organisations.

For making the creation of KANATA possible, the community would like to thank:

Influential Members of the Anthropology Seminar: Catherine Duclos, Pamela Fillion, Charles Mostoller, Christine Porterfield, Katie Vicks, Sara Cohen-Fournier, Corinne Jones, Sean Lynch, Laura Turley, Sylvia Chomko, Joel Pedneault, and more.

Faculty, Scholarly, and Administrative Support: Niigenwedom J. Sinclair, John Galaty, Donna Lee-Smith, Ronald Niezen, Michael Doxtater,  Michael Loft, Luke Moreau, Marianne Stenbaek, Kathryn Muller, Waneek Horn-Miller, Lynn Fletcher, Norman Gull, Ebba Olofson, Linda Jacobs Starkey, Ian Rae, Lisa Stevenson, and Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier.

Organisational Support: The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, The First Peoples’ House, Borderless World Volunteers (McGill Chapter), McGill University Joint Senate Board Subcommittee on First Peoples’ Equity (JSBSC-FPE), the Anthropology Students Association, the Dean of Arts Development Fund, and Principal Everett’s Fund.

KANATA in the News: The McGill Daily

First Nations minor program proposed: Student initiative may bring McGill up to Speed

By Scott Baker

Published: 4/6/09

Link: http://mcgilldaily.com/articles/19002

KANATA Launches its First Volume

On April 8th, 2009 KANATA celebrated it’s first publication at Thompson House on McGill Campus. This launch was made possible by our partners: The Dean of Arts Development Fund, the First Peoples’ House, Society for Equity & Diversity Education Office, The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, and Borderless World Volunteers.

The launch featured performances by Molly Sweeny, Chandra Melting Tallow and Banana and the Flying Colours. Notably, the launch featured spoken word artist Moe Clark. Here is some more information on this artist:

Moe Clark

“Métis sound artist Moe Clark fuses her unique understanding of performance narrative with traditions of circle singing and spoken word. With a background in voice, spoken word, and visual arts, she creates a lyrical style, steeped in ritual and poetic exploration. Her poetic songs resonate with the power to heal, to celebrate spirit and to connect with authentic purpose. After her debut album release “Circle of She: Story & Song” (April ’08) Moe toured extensively across Canada and recently made her debut performances in Europe and South America […] Continued collaborations include working with youth and adults on storytelling and writing workshops, performing with Ian Ferrier and his experimental group Pharmakon, and continuing to develop visual design work for festivals and other artists. Moe believes in the power of transformation and the continuum of the oral tradition through active involvement in communities, both locally and internationally.” –myspace.com/moeclarkspokenword

The Journal: Volume 1 Fall 2009

Editors: Corinne Jones, Catherine Duclos, Pamela Fillion, Christine Porterfield, Katie Vicks, Sean Lynch, and Anne Whitehead

Content Contributors: Sylvia Chomko, Laura Turley, Mat Lyle, Maria Forti, Paumalū Cassidau, Joël Pedneault, Niigonwedom James Sinclair, The First Peoples’ House, Corinne Jones, Catherine Duclos, Pamela Fillion, Christine Porterfield, Katie Vicks, and Sean Lynch

Design Editor: Charles Mostoller

E-Version:KANATA Vol.1 Winter 2009

The Launch in Photos

KANATA would like to thank all of the artists and persons who came together for this celebration.

Thank you.