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Newsletter - September 2017

September 5, 2017
By Indigenous Directions


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Indigenous Directions Newsletter - September 2017




The Indigenous Directions Monthly Newsletter provides you with interesting information and updates from the Indigenous Directions Leadership Group.  In this month's newsletter. 

  • Welcome back message
  • Orenda Boucher-Curotte & Mikayla Cartwright join the Aboriginal Student Resource Centre
  • Team Orange Shirt Day participating in the Concordia Shuffle for the 2nd year in a row
  • Vicky Boldo attending National Gathering of Elders
  • Vigil for Siasi and Sharon
  • Links to upcoming events in and around Tio'tiake/Mooniyaang/Montreal




Welcome Back!

The Indigenous Directions Leadership Group would like to extend a warm welcome back to all students, faculty, and staff returning to Concordia University for what is certain to be another wonderful academic year, as well as an especially warm welcome to those who are newly joining us this fall. We hope the summer has been kind to you all, and we look forward to continuing our work within Concordia and the Indigenous community.





Orenda & Mikayla Join the ASRC

The Aboriginal Student Resource Centrerecently had Orenda Boucher-Curotte and Mikayla Cartwright join their staff. 



Orenda will be fulfilling the role as ASRC Coordinator while Mikayla will be acting as the new Mentor/Student Support Assistant. Join the IDLG in welcoming them both to the Concordia community. 





Orange Shirt Day Team at the Concordia Shuffle




For the second year in a row, members of the Applied Human Sciences Department will be participating in the Concordia Shuffle as Team Orange Shirt Day. Their goal is to raise awareness for Orange Shirt Day, which takes place on September 30th in order to recognize survivors of the residential school system. This year, Team Orange Shirt Day will also be raising funds for a new Indigenous entrance Scholarship.




Vicky Boldo Attending National Gathering of Elders

This September, Concordia's Vicky Boldo will be attending the first National Gathering of Elders in Edmonton Alberta. 

Kwe, sago, tånisi, watchiye, quanuippit –


As we embark on a new academic year I would like to share a few words with the students, staff and faculty;


Humility is a wonderful teacher as are the students at ASRC for their vote of confidence in me to provide them with cultural support and encouragement. We were ‘gifted’ with a small window of opportunity to get to know each other a little better last spring.


I look forward to being a part of the full academic year and being present on a more regular basis in order that we all get time and space to learn and share together. As a community leader and advocate for the youth I am a strong believer that we live in a time where it is essential that we listen attentively to our youth and encourage them to speak, share and create. This empowers them to become free and critical thinkers, leaders and community members.


On September 10-14 I will have the pleasure and immense honour of attending the National Gathering of Elders on Treaty Six Territory at the Edmonton Expo Centre. Thank you to the IDLG and the office of the Dean of Students for making this possible. Imagine being in a space with three to four thousand Elders from all corners of Turtle Island. Sharing ideas and knowledge for the future generations…Stay tuned for the sharing of my lived experience… 

Vicky Boldo







Vigil For Siasi and Sharon


In the spirit of solidarity, please come and join us to commemorate the lives of Siasi and Sharon. Indigenous women need our support and acknowledgement that their lives matter.

- Iskweu Project

The vigil will be held on Friday September 8th from 6pm- 8pm at Cabot Square.




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.














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


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

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

CSU Orientation- Kairos Blanket Exercise
Sept. 13th, 1pm - 3pm
SCPA basement CI annex
*Sign up required

The Voice of Nations
Sept. 13th, 6pm - 10pm
2 Rue de la Commune West

First Peoples' House 16th Annual Pow Wow
Friday, Sept. 15th, 11am-4pm
McGill University, Lower West Field - 845 Sherbrooke West

Nadine St-Louis: Indigenous World Views for a Better Understanding of the Sacred Balance
Sept. 18th, 1pm
Dawson College, Room 5B.16

Indigenous Language Classes (Innu, Mohawk, Cree, Algonquin, Inuktitut)
Week of Sept. 18th - Dec. 15th 6pm - 8:30pm
Native Montreal
*deadline to register: Sept. 11th 

Turtle Island Reads
Sept. 20th, 7pm
Tanna Schulich Hall, McGill University's Elizabeth Wirth Music Building

Indigenous Food Security/Food Sovereignty Panel
Tuesday, Sept.26th 2pm - 4pm
Hall Building, 7th floor

Orange Shirt Day
September 30th

Indigenize Montreal
Oct. 16th- 25th
Hall Viger- Palais des Congres

If you have events that you would like 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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