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Wa'tkwanonhwerá:ton. Welcome. Bienvenue.

Wa'tkwanonhwerá:ton is a formal greeting in Kanien'kéha (Mohawk language) that means, ‘Our minds greet yours.’

We would like to acknowledge that Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, the lands and waters on which we gather today.

As we commemorate Indigenous History Month, let us embark on a collective journey of enlightenment, solidarity, and reconciliation. Let us honour Indigenous knowledge, amplify Indigenous voices. 

Learn more about the Territorial AcknowledgementApprenez-en plus sur la reconnaissance territoriale

Concordia alumni honour their roots by building community

Meet Autumn

Autumn Godwin is nehithaw iskwew from the Montreal Lake Cree Nation on Treaty 6 territory, Northern Saskatchewan. She actively facilitates decolonization by sharing information and creating community spaces for urban Indigenous peoples.

6 Concordians mark
Indigenous History Month

VIDEO SERIES: Alumni and faculty members share their insights

Concordia celebrates Elisapie

Concordia presents honorary degrees to individuals who have made their mark in a wide range of fields. At the 2023 ceremonies we welcomed honorand Elisapie Isaac to the Concordia family for her Inuit artistry and activism.

Elisapie addressed the Faculty of Fine Arts on Thursday, June 22 at 8 p.m.

Learn more about Elisapie's honorary degree
How to say Elisapie.
Download this language and pronunciation guide [pdf]

Spirit Walk Montreal

June 10, 2023 on Mount Royal
Virtually from June 1-10th

Since 2013, the Spirit Walk has been an important moment for the Montreal community to actively take steps toward reconciliation and raise essential funds for the Native Women's Shelter of Montreal services. 

Find out how you can support the fundraiser in person or remotely

Watch Nakuset, BA 00, executive director, Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal and co-director, Resilience Montreal explain the importance of the Spirit Walk.

Read more about Nakuset and other Indigenous women leaders and alumnae



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Indigenous days of significance

Explore this non-exhaustive list to learn more about days of significance among Indigenous communities at Concordia and beyond. 

National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day was announced in 1996 by then Governor General of Canada, Roméo LeBlanc, through the Proclamation Declaring June 21 of Each Year as National Aboriginal Day. This was the result of consultations and statements of support for such a day made by various Indigenous groups.

Learn more about National Indigenous Peoples Day
Explore events happening in Montreal on June 21

Otsenhákta Student Centre Pow Wow

A day of feasting, dancing and singing open to all

Friday, September 15, 2023


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