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Map for Tomorrow’s Indigenous Studies Conference!

New First Nations Post Secondary institution to launch next fall in Odanak, Quebec

New First Nations Post-secondary Institution to launch next fall: The First Nations Education Council announced yesterday the creation of a collegial studies centre, an important component in the founding of the new First Nations Post-secondary Institution. Scheduled to launch in Odanak, Quebec in September 2011, the First Nations Post-Secondary Institution will be accompanied by preparatory sessions for collegial students to facilitate transition from high school to PSE. Through partnerships with Dawson College and Cégep de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue, the school will provide a unique bilingual program, namely the First Nations Social Sciences program, accredited by the Quebec government and leading to a Diploma of Collegial Studies. First Nations Education Council News Release

Projet Autochtone du Quebec call for volunteers

Projet Autochtone du Quebec

A non‐profit organization for the Social and Professional Development of First Nations, Metis
and Inuit residing in Quebec.

We provide temporary shelter for the homeless and people at risk.
The beds we offer are used by members of the Aboriginal, Metis and Inuit Community in crisis
situations. We offer 30 beds for men and 9 beds for woman and provide 13 more emergency
beds. We are open from: 7pm – 7am, 7 days a week.  It is challenging to make ends meet and
we are always working on fund‐raising and depend on donations to carry on our services.

We host activities and events.
Our monthly schedule of workshops and events to include: Music & Art, Traditional food &
cooking workshops, game nights, Bingo’s, the YMCA, sessions with Elders and healers.
Budgeting, housing search, anger management, self‐esteem workshops. C.A, A.A,
N.A meetings. We provide telephone services for clients going to temp work agencies, do
dentist appointments; computer and internet se

We need volunteers.
• To help in cooking, maintenance, serving food, and facilitate other workshops.
• To help facilitate cultural workshops: beading, songs, teachings from the First Nations,
Metis or Inuit. Workshops take place in the early evenings anytime from 4pm – 10pm.

We need donations.
• toiletries :shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, Q‐tips, soap, warm blankets,
towels, socks, bath mats.
• Underwear: men(s,m,l) women(s,m,l), socks (s,m,l), clothing,
• arts and craft materials:soapstone, leather, beads, sinew any kind of materials for native
crafts, fabric, sewing machine, crochet needles, knitting yarn.
• Food donations of any kind: also traditional meats: Caribou, Deer, Moose, Arctic Char,

Want to do your Stage with us?
We are very interested in students who would like to do their Stage at P.A.Q. Please contact
Robert Aitken for more info. All other information please contact:

Jennifer Russell or Claudine Corbeille,
Projet Autochtone du quebec (PAQ)
90, rue De La Gauchetière,
Montréal, (Québec)
H2X 1P5
Tél.: (514) 879‐3310

Indigenous Studies Seminar Series

Hi everyone!

Here are links to the audio recording of the ISSS panel that took place on 27 September, 2010. Mavis Etienne, Francine Lemay, and Hilda Nicholas discussed their experiences of the Oka Crisis and issues of reconciliation. A highly interesting and very moving evening – I recommend you check it out! Click on the link and press the play button in the window that opens.–FrancineHildaMavis.WMA–FrancineHildaMavis.WMA

Also, for more information about upcoming panels in the Indigenous Studies Seminar Series, check them out on Facebook:

Summer 2010: Involvement, Major Events, and Calendar

We are pleased to announce, KANATA’s new Executive President Alanna Bockus and new Executive Vice-President Sophia Rashid Khan!

Interested in getting  involved?

There are many ways to become involved with the KANATA Community:  general membership, volunteering and/or being part of the Executive Board.

General membership and volunteering can begin during the summer whilst the 2010/2011 Board will form and begin work in the fall.

If you are interested in becoming involved with KANATA please email us at:

Major Events This Summer

June 17 – CKUT  &  First Peoples’ House Present: Voices of Our Nations

June 17, 18, 19 – Terress En Vues, GIRA, DIALOG, and the Kanien’kehaka Onkwawenna Raotitiohkwa cultural and linguistic center Present: Revisioning the Americas through Indigenous Cinema part of the First People’s Festival Présence autochtone

More information about these two events will be posted in the next week.

KANATA is looking for volunteers to lend a hand at these events. If you are interested in attending this events and feel like volunteering please email us at:

June 21- National Aboriginal Day- The APTN will be broadcasting live during this day in a variety of locations.

More information:

Also- the First People’s Festival Présence autochtone is happening during the summer. The program will be available as of June 1st 2010.

Check out Terres En Vues’ website for more information:


Joining our listserve is a good way to get information about upcoming events and now we have a new feature to keep you informed on interesting events. This feature is our new KANATA Calendar!

We invite you to use our Calendar feature on the right hand side of the homepage to see upcoming events and details of these events.

You can also access the calendar with the following html link:

KANATA Fall 2009 – Winter 2010

During Fall 2009, KANATA worked on formalizing its constitution, continuing its advocation for a minor program in Native Studies at McGill University, and fundraising for the second and third volume of its Journal.

PDF version of Constitution:KANATA Constitution


Throughout the semester, KANATA applies for funding through a variety of sources and also fundraises through a variety of sales and events. Keep an eye out for upcoming fundraisers as we continue to try and diversify our fundraising events and methods!

Our most successful events have been our fairly regular ‘Grilled Cheese and Chai Tea’ sales in the Leacock Lobby on McGill Campus and our Tasty Arts and Savoury Drinks series (in partnership with Borderless World Volunteers) for which our Toast and Jam night was the most successful.

Toast and Jam in Photos

Below are some photos of this event taken by and property of Carol Kwon:

KANATA would like to thank all of the artists and the wonderful people who came together in making this Toast and Jam a great night!

KANATA in the News: The McGill Daily

Seeking indigenous studies: Two decades after the Oka Crisis,  McGill’s community for studying native issues is breaking ground

By Pamela Fillion

Published: Mar 4


Film Screening as part of QPIRG Working Group Film Festival

KANATA became a QPIRG Working Group in the 2009/2010 semester and took part of a film festival. In commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Oka Crisis of 1990, KANATA screened Rocks at Whiskey Trench (2000) by groundbreaking and award winning filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin.

KANATA will be putting on more screenings, as well as bringing in guest speakers for these screenings,  in collaboration with its partners such as QPIRG, the Aboriginal Health Interest Group of McGill and more.

We hope to see you there and are open to as well s encourage you to send us suggestions!

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


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


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.” –

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.

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