On February 1st, Professor Allan Downey, chair of the Indigenous studies program, released his first full-length monograph: The Creator’s Game: Lacrosse, Identity, and Indigenous Nationhood. The text examines how lacrosse, a game that historically has been a central element of many Indigenous cultures for centuries, has come to play an important role in the shifting politics of Indigenous efforts to assert self-determination.
On Nov. 22, the Provost’s Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education hosted an open forum to discuss their progress and receive input from members of the McGill Community. The Task Force was launched Sept. 22 of this year with the purpose of creating initiatives focused on integrating indigenous viewpoints into all areas of academic life, including research and retention of indigenous students and faculty.
On Tuesday, Nov. 22, over 50 people attended the first Open Forum on the Provost’s Task Force on Indigenous Studies & Indigenous Education at McGill. The forum was held from 3-5 p.m. in the Lev Buhkman Room of the SSMU Building. The purpose of the open forum was to generate ideas and discussion relating to the task force’s core themes.
Organized by the Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) office at McGill University, Community Engagement Day (CED) aims celebrate, expand on, and build new lasting relationships between McGill and the greater Montreal community, through offering projects and activities in support of and collaboration with community organizations. This year’s CED will be held on and around September 29th, 2016.
Register for a project now at http://www.cedmcgill.com/projects from August 15th to September 18th!
During the month of September McGill will host the 14th Annual Pow-Wow (September 18) and the 5th annual Indigenous Awareness Week (September 21-25). McGill University’s Indigenous Awareness Week is designed to increase awareness at McGill about Indigenous peoples in Canada. The week honours the many Indigenous cultures across the country including First Nations, Métis and Inuit.