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February Newsletter

January 31, 2018
By Indigenous Directions



Indigenous Directions - February 2018

In this month's newsletter:

  • This afternoon: First Voices and the Future of Concordia: Wednesday, January 31st, 3:00pm @ Grey Nuns Residence, 1190 rue Guy, room E 104
  • Territorial Acknowledgement pronunciation guide now available on-line
  • Introducing Geneviève Sioui (Indigenous Community Engagement Coordinator), and Donna Kahérakwas Goodleaf (Indigenous Curriculum and Pedagogy Advisor).
  • Event listings: First Voices Week, John Borrows Lecture (Feb. 8), MMIW commemoration (Feb. 14) and more... 



This afternoon:
First Voices and the Future of Concordia:
A Sharing Circle hosted by the IDLG

Wednesday, January 31st, 3:00 - 4:30pm
Grey Nuns Residence, 1190 rue Guy, room E 104




What futures do we envision for Indigenous people at Concordia? 
You are invited to participate in a collective conversation about the challenges and opportunities that Indigenous staff, students, and faculty experience here at Concordia.  Three members of the Indigenous Directions Leadership Group will give short presentations, and then we will open up the conversation to other Indigenous voices. 
Featured speakers:
Donna Kahérakwas Goodleaf, Concordia's Indigenous Curriculum and Pedagogy Advisor will open the circle.

Brooke Wahsontiiostha Deer is in her final year as an undergraduate student in Management, and President of the Indigenous Student Council.
Heather Igloliorte is an Assistant Professor of Art History, and University Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement in Montreal.
Jason Lewis is a Professor of Design and Computation Arts, and University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary. 
Orenda Boucher-Curotte is Bear Clan from Kahnawake, a Concordia Alumni (Religion and Culture, BA ’09, MA ’12), and currently works as coordinator of the Aboriginal Student Resource Centre.




Territorial Acknowledgement
pronunciation guide now on-line

Nia:wen - Thank you to IDLG member, Concordia Masters student, and 2017 valedictorian Wahéhshon Shiann Whitebean for recording a pronunciation guide for the Territorial Acknowledgement.  The audio is easily accessible on both web pages: Territorial Acknowledgement & Reconnaissance Territoriale.






Introducing Geneviève Sioui (Indigenous Community Engagement Coordinator), and Donna Kahérakwas Goodleaf (Indigenous Curriculum and Pedagogy Advisor)

Earlier this month, Inuk journalist and Concordia graduate Ossie Michelin met with two of Concordia’s newest staff, and wrote the following introductions:

Geneviève Sioui is one of the newest members of Concordia University’s Indigenous community. Identifying as Huron-Wendat and Quebecois, Indigenous education has been an important factor in Genevieve’s career and education.

“I am looking forward to working in a stimulating environment with people who are working to make a change - I am excited to work with other Indigenous People to improve things, and I feel that here at Concordia we can make allies and all work towards the same thing.”

After years of providing educational support for Indigenous students through the Lanaudière Native Friendship Centre and Cégep regional de Lanaudière à Joliette, and also teaching at the First Nations-led Kiuna College, she has seen first hand how empowering Indigenous youth can help spark a passion for education. She has just begun her new position as Indigenous Community Engagement Coordinator.

Genevieve’s role with the Office of Community Engagement will see her linking Concordia with Indigenous partners in the region to create events and programming for Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members alike. She will also organize community consultations to validate the territorial acknowledgement.


Phone: 514 848 2424 x8968

Donna Kahérakwas Goodleaf has a passion for Indigenous education; she sees opportunities to include Indigenous worldviews and ways of knowing at every level of Concordia. She brings this passion and drive to her new position as Concordia’s first Indigenous Curriculum and Pedagogy Advisor. She began her new role at the beginning of January, 2018. Through the Centre for Teaching and Learning she plans to work and consult with faculty at Concordia about ways of how they can enrich and reframe their courses and or programs to ensure they include and reflect Indigenous worldviews, philosophies, issues and perspectives

From Kahnawà:ke, Donna brings her teachings and culture with her wherever she goes, and is a fierce defender of Indigenous ways of knowing. She hopes that by bringing these perspectives to the academy, she can help to create bridges between Concordia and Indigenous communities, and allow Indigenous students to see themselves reflected back in the institution in exciting new ways.

Phone: 514 848 2424 x2495

Welcome – Bienvenue – Wa’tkwanonhwerá:ton



Upcoming Events:

First Voices Week 2018
A celebration of Indigenous culture at Concordia

Wednesday January 31st:
12:00pm - 1:30 - Lunch with Travis Wysote || MB – 14.250
3:00pm - 4:30 pm - First Voices and the Future of Concordia || Grey Nuns, Room E 104
6:30pm - Documentary Screening: The Borneo Case || SB Atrium, 1590 Dr Penfield

Thursday February 1st:
12:00pm - 1:30pm - Lunch with Jeannie-Marie St.-Jacques || MB – 14.250
2:00pm – 5:00pm – Indigenous Fine Art Workshop || SCPA Basement - 2149 Mackay
7:30pm – 8:30pm – Keynote Speaker: Widia Lariviere and Melanie Lumsden || Hive Cafe SGW

Friday February 2nd:
12:00pm - 1:30pm - Lunch with Karl Hele || SCPA Basement - 2149 Mackay
4:00pm - 7:00pm - First Voices Social / Closing ceremony || Hive Cafe - Loyola


Canada's Colonial Constitution: Indigenous Rights and Context
Public Lecture by John Borrows
Thursday, February 8th, 5:30pm
1590 Dr. Penfield 

Community Gathering to Honour the Lives of Missing and Murdered Women
Wednesday, February 14th, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Native Friendship Centre, 2001 St. Laurent

Le Makusham de l’UdeM
Thursday, February 15th, 6:00 - 10:30pm
Hall d'honneur de l'Université de Montréal

Books that matter: Indigenous Writes with Chelsea Vowel
Wednesday, February 21st, 2:00 - 3:30pm
Thompson House (3rd Floor), 3650 McTavish

Projection/Screening : REEL INJUN et/and HI-HO Mistahey!
Wednesday, February 21st and 28th, 7:00pm
Espace Culturel Ashukan, 431 Place Jacques-Cartier


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