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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

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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)

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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)


Community Engagement Day October 5th, 2012

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,


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


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.

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