News & Events


Dawson collaborates within a college network and shares information about the different events and activities.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. Vanier College’s Auditorium (A-103).

Nakuset, Director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, a columnist
on Citylife and creator of the TV show ‘Indigenous Power’
“Colonialism vs Resilience”
Colonialism has inflicted multi-generational trauma on indigenous people. My talk will
discuss broad historical themes as well as my personal history and my work to help
Indigenous people in the city. We can no longer be bystanders, watching Indigenous
people suffer on multiple levels. It is time make a choice to mobilize and create positive

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH 4:00 – 5:30 P.M. Vanier College’s Auditorium (A-103).

A conversation with the multiple award-winning singer-songwriter, filmmaker and
During this event a Vanier student will interview Inuk musician Elisapie onstage, using
examples from her films, songs and music videos. Questions will come from students
concerning Elisapie’s artistic choices, including her use of the Inuktitut language and
Indigenous folk tunes as inspiration for many of her songs. Ambassador for Inuit
culture, Elisapie first earned recognition in 2003 for her documentary If the Weather
Permits. Since then her musical albums as a solo artist and with the duo Taima have won
prizes at the Juno and Félix Awards. In 2018 Elisapie released her fourth album, The
Ballad of the Runaway Girl, which won Félix awards for Album of the Year-Other
Languages and Best Album Production.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH 1:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Vanier College’s Auditorium (A-103).

Gabriel Tordjman, Humanities Teacher, Dawson College
“Choice, Coercion and the Sterilization of Indigenous Women in Canada”
Power and domination have often marked the history of the state’s relationship with
Indigenous people. Nowhere else is this more epitomized than in the eugenic goal of
eliminating the “unfit” and “inferior races” by controlling their reproduction. As an
offshoot of Darwinian evolutionary theory, eugenics provided a convenient pseudo scientific justification for continued dispossession and domination, extending even into
the most intimate and private domain of child birth. But most recently, eugenic
sterilization has appeared to shed its coercive, domineering and eugenic aspects. Now
reproductive decisions are seen as expressive of our strong commitment to choice and
individual freedom regardless of cultural background. But is this really so? Recent
headlines appear to tell us that coercive policies are not entirely a relic of the past.


SKA’NIKÓN:RA One mind, we are thinking as one.

April 2020

There will be cooking, film screenings, dancing, beading, music, gardening and much more! Times and locations of workshops can be found in the schedule. Contact to reserve a spot for your class. Join us!








Indigenous Student Association

Sign up to be a part of the club. The student association is run by students. This is an opportunity to bring activity and awareness to the college. For more information please see Tiaawenti:non Canadian

Get involved!

There are many ways you can get involved in “indigenizing” Dawson College and at the same time gain some valuable volunteer/organizational experience and meet new people.

Campus Life & Leadership will be organizing many Indigenous student and college-wide events and activities throughout the year. The First Peoples’ Initiative is also looking for Indigenous student reps on various committees. This is an exciting time for Indigenous peoples at Dawson and a great chance to make a difference!

Don’t be shy – contact Billi-Jo Poirier at Campus Life & Leadership for more information!, Room 2E6.3.


First Peoples’ Bi-monthly Newsletter

October 15, 2015
Wednesday October 21 1:30-3:30pm
Virtual Classroom on Social Justice in Indigenous communities

To register as an individual or a class please contact Billi-Jo Poirier, Campus Activities Campus Life and Leadership,

The NFB and its community partner, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, will present a virtual classroom with acclaimed documentary filmmaker and social activist Alanis Obomsawin (keynote speaker) and community activists Gabrielle Fayant and Brock Lewis on Wednesday, October 21st at 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Moderated by CBC journalist and author Waubgeshig Rice, the live-streamed discussion from the OCDSB’s Aboriginal Learning Center will focus on the topic of social justice in Indigenous communities and the positive shifts brought about by Indigenous youth.

The organizers suggest students watch two of Alanis Obomsawin’s films in advance: Trick or Treaty? (2014) and Hi-Ho Mistahey! (2013). There are other pedagogical and preparatory materials available at the link below:


Canada’s Waterless Communities: Shoal Lake 40

Canada’s Waterless Communities: Neskantaga

Canada has the world’s second-largest supply of fresh water, but 169 First Nation communities have limited or no access to it. Nearly a quarter of the First Nations communities administered by Health Canada are currently without clean water. The alerts issued by the federal government range from “boil water advisories” going back more than 20 years to crippling “Do Not Consume” orders.


Reconciliation in Universities

A real nation would not let this happen

Idle No More launches the One House, Many Nations Campaign:

Emerging directors join leading Indigenous artists as imagineNATIVE features six NFB short films

Tenth annual march for native women (Montreal)

Missing and murdered indigenous women remembered in annual march

The promise and challenges of growing the Indigenous vote

‘We have to have change’: Q&A with Perry Bellegarde

Indigenous Academic to offer reflections on Canada

Election 2015: closing the Aboriginal health gap

New Vital Signs report busts ‘myths’ about aboriginal population


University of Montreal First Nations Garden NOON October 15

Visit the garden and witness the planting of a white pine to mark the new Aboriginal Studies program at U de M

Nous vous invitons JEUDI (15 octobre) à 12H au jardin des Premières Nations de l’UdeM. En plus de découvrir le jardin, vous pourrez assister à la plantation d’un pin blanc symbolisant ainsi l’enracinement des études autochtone à l’UdeM. Plusieurs courtes allocutions sont prévues.

16th Annual Film and Media Arts FestivalOctober 14-18, Toronto, ON

TIFF Bell Lightbox and various venues


(Writing and “New” Media: Contemporary Inuit Voices on Nunavik Culture)

VENDREDI 16 OCTOBRE 2015 À 15H – Friday October 16 3pm





STILL DANCING a free public event in support of a national inquiry into the missing and murdered Indigenous women in land now called Canada.

6 pm October 28, 2015
McCord Museum, 690 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal

Organized by McGill’s First Peoples’ House, Social Equity and Diversity Education Office, Participatory Cultures Lab, and the McCord Museum. Includes the screening of Matt Smiley’s documentary Highway of Tears, followed by a panel discussion that leads to a conversation with the audience. Panel discussants include special guests and family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Walking with our Sisters in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory
November 6 – 26, 2015

Walking with our Sisters is a Commemorative Art Installation for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and the USA. The large collaborative art piece is travelling throughout North America and is available to the public. After a 6 week display in Ottawa it is moving on to Akwesasne near Cornwall Ontario.

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Last Modified: January 20, 2020