In this month's newsletter:
- Welcome Back from IDLG Project Coordinator
- ASRC New Additions
- IDLG Member Highlights
- Upcoming Events: Atwater Poetry Project, Concordia's Shuffle, Leanne Simpson, Orange Shirt Day
September is upon us. As Project Coordinator of Indigenous Directions, it is my pleasure to tell you we have quite a bit in store for this semester. By unveiling our much anticipated Action Plan this Fall, we look forward to sharing the steps we are committed to taking in order to create a space where Indigenous students, faculty, staff, knowledge keepers, and pedagogies can flourish within the Concordia community and beyond.
As with every new beginning, we are filled with hope and a desire to affect change on an institutional level. We look forward to the implementation of our Action Plan, as well as engaging with stakeholders across the university to include as many people as possible in this exciting process of change making. Welcome back everyone and stay tuned for exciting developments from Indigenous Directions in the coming months.
Tiffany Ashoona, IDLG Project Coordinator
New Additions to the ASRC
New ASRC Mentors Faye Mullen (left) and Laurence Lainesse (right) are available to Indigenous students for guidance, support, and anything related to promoting academic success. Read their bios to learn more about them and how they can help students here.
IDLG Member Highlights
- Donna Goodleaf has developed and is hosting her Seminar Series on Decolonizing and Indigenizing the Academy. To learn more and sign up, visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning’s workshop page.
- Dr. Heather Igloliorte is co-curating Among All These Tundras exhibition at the Ellen Gallery with PhD students Amy Prouty and Charissa von Harringa. The exhibition runs from September 4 to October 27, 2018.
- September 20, 7-10pm: The Atwater Poetry Project presents readings in French and English by Marie Annharte Baker, Joséphine Bacon, and Carolyn Marie Souaid.
- September 28: Students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to wear their orange shirts on Friday, September 28 to help increase visibility and awareness of Orange Shirt Day. Happening on September 30 every year, Orange Shirt Day raises awareness about the histories and ongoing effects of residential schools. Learn more, find an event near you, and purchase a shirt at OrangeShirtDay.org.
September 28: Concordia’s Shuffle 29 walkathon helps raise funds for undergraduate and graduate student awards. For the third year now, faculty and staff from the Department of Applied Human Sciences are raising funds for their Orange Shirt Bursary for Indigenous Students – 3 needs-based $1000 bursaries for Indigenous students finishing up their degrees. The bursaries are available to students that self-identify as Indigenous and are registered with the ASRC.
- September 29: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is performing at Théâtre Rialto. Ticket info here.