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Monthly Newsletter - August 2017

August 1, 2017
By Indigenous Directions

Towards the end of each month, the Indigenous Directions Leadership Group (IDLG) sends out a monthly newsletter.  If you would like to be added to the email list, you can follow this link to subscribe via Mailchimp.


Indigenous Directions Newsletter - August 2017

The Indigenous Directions Monthly Newsletter provides you with interesting information and updates from the Indigenous Directions Leadership Group.  
  • Skins 5.0 Kanaeokana: IDLG member Jason Lewis and team in Hawai'i 
  • 'True expression of all of us' in Dance of Reconciliation: Former IDLG member Emilee Gilpin published in the Tyee
  • Reaching out to local Indigenous community: IDLG advertisement in Kahnawa:ke Phone Directory
  • Links to upcoming events in and around Tio'tiake/Mooniyaang/Montreal

Skins 5.0 Kanaeokana: IDLG member Jason Lewis and team in Hawai'i

Here is an excerpt from the team's first message from Hawai'i:

Aloha from the beautiful island of Oahu.
The Skins 5.0 Kanaeokana workshop on Aboriginal storytelling and video game design in Hālau ‘Īnana in Honolulu, will be an action-packed learning adventure that will take place 17th  July – 4th  August, 2017.
Our team along with the fifteen participants have begun our adventure with a beautiful mo’olelo (story telling) event at Papahana Kuaola on their reclaimed territory nestled in the valley below majestic mountains. Our two hosts, Kḗhaunani  Abad Kealaiwikuamo’o and Keoni, welcomed everyone with pule kinohi hu (sharing) of a traditional Hawaiian ceremonial circle to build ho’olauna (becoming  at ease with each other). Each of our team members were delighted and honored to receive a lei.

Read more at the Skins 5.0 - Kanaeokana website

'True expression of all of us' in Dance of Reconciliation: Former IDLG member Emilee Gilpin published in the Tyee

Former IDLG member Emilee Gilpin is “interning with the Tyee, as part of the Journalist for Human Rights Emerging Indigenous Intern program … Emilee recently completed a graduate diploma in Journalism at Concordia University”, and “is specifically interested in disrupting the ways stories about First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples are told in the media and is working on a series that showcases urbanized Indigenous women at the front-lines of their own unique battles”
Read more about Emilee’s work at the Tyee on her Biography page.

Check out some of her recent articles:
For this Haida Speaker, A call to Learn and a Call to Teach (28 July, 2017)

At ‘BigHeart Bannock,’ Resilience and Resistance in Food Made Well (11 July, 2017)

‘True Expression of All of Us’ in Dance of Reconciliation (6 July, 2017)

Reaching out to local Indigenous community: IDLG advertisement in Kahnawa:ke Phone Directory

In an effort to connect with the nearby Kanien'keha:ka (Mohawk) community, the IDLG is advertising in the local telephone directory.  The image below will appear in the next edition of the Eastern Door's bi-annual publication.  We are always looking for new ways to make Concordia more accessible to Indigenous peoples.  If you have any ideas about how we can do this, please share them with us.


Mandate of the Indigenous Directions Leadership Group

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs with a three-year mandate, the Indigenous Directions Leadership Group will explore, identify and recommend priority areas in which Concordia can improve its responsiveness to the Truth and Reconciliation’s (TRC) Principles for Reconciliation and Calls to Action.

At the end of its mandate, the group will have ideally also provided input and recommendations on the creation of administrative and governance frameworks that will support these efforts going forward.

Read more about the IDLG's mandate and membership on the Indigenous Directions Hub.

Upcoming events in and around Tiohtiá:ke/Mooniyaang/Montreal:

Tillutarniit - Inuit Film Festival
Thursday, August 3rd to Saturday, August 5th
FOFA Gallery Courtyard - 1515 Ste. Catherine West
Taku Inuit Art Carving Exhibit
July 31st – August 9th, 10:00am – 7:00pm
Galerie Carte Blanche - 1853 Rue Amherst 

Unceded Voices: Anticolonial Street Artists Convergence
Sunday, August 13th to Monday, August 21st
Various locations

Eat Indigenous: Unveiling of the Roundhouse Café’s New Menu
Tuesday, August 15th, 2:30 – 4:00pm
Roundhouse Café - 2330 Saint Catherine West

Aboriginal Student Resource Centre (ASRC) 2017 Annual Opening Celebration: Gathering for Success
Open to new and returning Indigenous students
Sept. 5 graduate student's lunch, 12 - 2pm
Sept. 6, 7 & 8, 11am - 3pm 
ASRC - Hall building H-641

Benefit Concert for the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal
Saturday, September 9th, 7:30pm – late
Sala Rosa – 4848 Boul. St. Laurent

First Peoples’ House 16th Annual Pow Wow
Friday, September 15th, 11:00am – 4:00pm
McGill University, Lower West Field - 845 Sherbrooke West

If you have events that you would like us to share in the next edition of the Indigenous Directions Newsletter, please send an email about the event, including the title, date, time, location, and a web link for more information, to the IDLG Project Coordinator: 




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