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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.

Visit our Facebook event page :

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:

“Crime and the Law: the Future of Justice in Canada” – Conference Calling for Art Submissions

On March 15th-16th, the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada will be hosting a conference, “Crime and the Law: The Future of Justice in Canada.” The conference will focus on crime, policing, and justice in Canada, and will be accompanied by an exhibition of student art. We will be accepting art submissions, in any medium, that relate in some way to the conference theme(s). If you are interested in submitting artworks, please email for more information. They will be accepting submissions until February 29th. Feel free to submit as many pieces as you like as long as they fit into the theme(s) of the conference; this is a wonderful opportunity to have your artwork seen!

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:

SEDE’s 2012-2013 “Rethinking Community” Calendar Project Needs Submissions!

Call for submissions!

The McGill Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office is now accepting submissions from McGill researchers, community groups and artists for the 2012-13 SEDE Calendar.

This year’s calendar will feature research by faculty and students at McGill, paired with community-building efforts of groups and organizations at McGill and beyond. In keeping with SEDE calendar projects over the past five years, the calendar will be illustrated with artwork from emerging and established McGill-affiliated artists.

The SEDE calendar is one way in which the McGill community celebrates and values social equity and diversity and contributes towards the development of strong collegial bonds and mutual respect among its members. This will mark the fifth year the SEDE calendar is published and distributed on the McGill campus, and they look forward to hearing from all those interested in being a part of the SEDE calendar in 2012-13.

Wondering if you’re eligible? How to send in art work? Visit for more information or email Jorge Espinosa at

Deadline for submissions in 27th January 2012

U de M to Screen: “Overburden: Aboriginal Voices in Alberta’s Oilsands” with Director Warren Cariou PhD

Dr. Kirmeyer to Give Interactive Lecture on Indigenous Peoples and Mental Health

An Invitation from the Aboriginal Health Interest Research Group at McGill:

Not busy on JANUARY 17th at 6PM!? Interested in Aboriginal health, psychiatry, anthropology, sociology or even education?! Come to Thompson House room 406!!!

This will definitely be an interesting talk by expert Dr. Laurence Kirmayer, co-author of Healing Traditions and McGill professor and director of the division of social and transcultural psychiatry! Dr. Kirmayer is well-established  and extremely knowledgeable in the areas of aboriginal mental health, mental health care for immigrants and refugees, cultural resilience and many more! In addition, he founded and directs the annual summer program in social and cultural psychiatry at McGill as well as national network for aboriginal mental health research.

Feel free to check out his page at the following link:

Dr. Kirmayer will be giving an interactive presentation on the topics covered in his book including an overview of the mental health of Indigenous peoples; origins and representations  of social suffering, transformations of identity and community, and traditional healing and mental health services. Cross-cutting themes will include: the impact of colonialism, sedentarization and forced assimilation, the importance of land for indigenous identity and an ecocentric self; notions of space and place as part of the cultural matrix of identity and experience; and processes of healing and spirituality as sources of resilience.

If any of the above topics sounds like something you would want to know more about or you would just like to engage in discussions concerning these issues, feel free to come by! This presentation might be especially useful and interesting for you if you are planning on spending anytime in an aboriginal community throughout your medical training!

Everyone is welcome! The more the merrier!

Please RSVP to, so we know how many people to bring snacks for! Yes, SNACKS WILL BE SERVED!

Here is a little excerpt from the back cover of the book (available at the McGill Library!):
“Aboriginal peoples in Canada have diverse cultures but share common social and political challenges that have contributed to their experiences of health and illness. This collection addresses the origins of mental health and social problems and the emergence of culturally responsive approaches to services and health promotion. Healing Traditions is not a handbook of practice but a resource for thinking critically about current issues in the mental health of
indigenous peoples. “

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