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July Newsletter

July 2, 2018
By Indigenous Directions


In this month's newsletter:

  • Senior Director, Indigenous Directions - Apply by July 11
  • Dr. Heather Igloliorte's big news
  • Farewell to Charlie O'Connor
  • Upcoming events: Tillitarniit and Elisipee Inukpuk's exhibition 

IDLG-940x571px Members of the Indigenous Directions Leadership Group. From left to right: Brooke Wahsontiiostha Deer, Ron Abraira, Elizabeth Fast, Marie-Ève Drouin-Gagné, Chad Cowie, Donna Kahérakwas Goodleaf, Orenda Boucher-Curotte, Charlie O'Connor, Geneviève Sioui, Wahéhshon Shiann Whitebean, and Charmaine Lyn. Photo credit: Concordia University.


Applications are open for Concordia’s new Senior Director, Indigenous Directions

Concordia is seeking candidates to fill the role of Senior Director, Indigenous Directions. The position emerged out of the work that the IDLG has done to create an Action Plan for making the university more welcoming and accessible to Indigenous students, staff, and faculty. The Senior Director will help to meaningfully and strategically shape Concordia's commitments to creating a higher-learning environment where Indigenous peoples' experiences, stories, cultures, languages, and perspectives are seen as valuable.

As part of their role, the Senior Director, Indigenous Directions will be responsible for collaborating with and guiding key stakeholders from the university community to ensure that the Action Plan recommendations are implemented in their respective time frames.

To learn more about this position, share it with a friend, or to apply, please visit Higgins Executive Search - Opportunities.

Read more about the Action Plan in the IDLG’s 2018 Year-End Report here.

Dr. Heather Igloliorte receives SSHRC to increase Inuit presence in the arts 

The IDLG would like to congratulate Dr. Heather Igloliorte, Associate Professor​ in the Department of Art History, for being awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Talent grant worth $2 499 774. This funding will be used to develop The Pilimmaksarniq/Pijariuqsarniq Project: Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership, a project to dramatically increase Inuit participation in arts-based research and curatorial practice.
Learn more about Heather’s project here.

Au Revoir Charlie

Charlie O’Connor, Indigenous Directions Project Coordinator from May 2017-June 2018, has bid the IDLG farewell for the summer. Covering the post for the duration of Tiffany Ashoona’s maternity leave, Charlie accomplished amazing feats in the ever-changing landscape that is the Indigenous Directions movement at Concordia. From welcoming new colleagues to the team, to reminding his peers to stay healthy and focused on their emotional and mental well-being, Charlie left a positive lasting impression with all whom he met. We are thrilled for his next steps in completing his Master’s thesis and back-packing Ireland, but most of all, we look forward to his return as an IDLG member in the Fall. All of his hard work and coordination has paid off to truly launch the IDLG to the stage it is at today.

Upcoming Events

Exhibition – Elisapee Inukpuk (July 16 – August 17, 2018)
Elisapee Inukpuk, an Inuit doll maker, will be celebrated during this year’s Tillitarniit festival.
Reception details:

  • Date: July 21, 2018
  • Time: 1 – 4pm – Live storytelling event at 2pm (all ages welcome)
  • Location: FOFA Gallery, EV 1.715, 1515 St-Catherine West, Montréal, H3G 2W1
  • Cost: Admission is free

More info can be found here.
Tillitarniit – It is said to happen from time to time, Inuit Arts Festival
Curated by Asinnajaq, this annual festival celebrates Inuit art, film, and culture, and will feature a variety of Inuit artists, performers, and filmmakers throughout the event.
Event details:

  • Dates: August 2 – August 4, 2018
  • Time: 5pm – 11pm
  • Location: FOFA Gallery Courtyard, EV 1.715, 1515 St-Catherine West, Montréal, H3G 2W1
  • Cost: Admission is free
  • More info can be found here.


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