APRIL 1, 2016

Dawson First Peoples’ Initiative Bi-monthly News

On campus events

Indigenous Days at Dawson College!

April 12-14, 2016

Join fellow students, staff and teachers to celebrate indigenous culture, learn about issues facing indigenous communities today and join our decolonizing movement!

A number of events will take place: music, crafts, dance, song, discussions, film screenings and great traditional food! Try traditional Inuit games, taste bannock and caribou, watch compelling films about contemporary issues like:



Wednesday April 13

Two screenings: 10 am and noon

Dawson College 4.C1

This 80-minute documentary tells the inside story of how Québec’s Inuit and Crees challenged the provincial and federal governments, and kicked open the door to subsequent landclaims agreements and the inclusion of aboriginal rights in the Canadian Constitution.

Nappagunnaqulusi: So That You Can Stand is the inside story of this fight, as told by the Inuit who fought on the front lines. The result was the creation of Nunavik, the homeland of Québec’s Inuit and Eeyou Istchee, the homeland of the James Bay Crees.

The film’s director and a resource person from Nunavik will be present for Q&A.

Stay tuned for a full calendar of events!


Indigenous presence in Academic contexts: A Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action With Dr. Margaret Kovach, University of Saskatchewan

April 15th,12-1:30pm

Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve St. West, Room H1267

Margaret Kovach (Sakewew pîsim iskwew) is of Plains Cree and Saulteaux ancestry and a member of Pasqua First Nation located in southern Saskatchewan. She is currently an Associate Professor at the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan. She received her PhD from the University of Victoria in 2007. Dr. Kovach’s work focuses on Indigenous research methodologies and Indigenous post-secondary education.

Dr. Kovach’s publications have had a significant impact in her field. Of note, book,Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts, published through the University of Toronto Press and won the Scholarly Writing Award,

Saskatchewan Book Awards. It has been widely used as a research text locally,nationally, and internationally. She has co-authored a SSHRC funded report Indigenous Presence: Experiencing and Envisioning Indigenous Knowledges within Selected Post-secondary Sites of Education and Social Work (2015) with a western Canadian team of researchers. Most recently she was the planning co-chair of the 2015 University of Saskatchewan hosted National forum “Building Reconciliation: Universities answering the TRC’s calls to action”.

Sponsored by Indigenous youth strategic funds and facilitated by the Office for Community Engagement. This is a Bring your own lunch event. Everyone welcome but space is limited, Please RSVP by April 12th Elizabeth.fast@concordia.ca

Pitching Tents in Terra Nullius

Matt Macintosh (Kamloops, BC) + Keesic Douglas (Rama First Nation, Ontario)

April 7 – May 14, 2016

MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels),3680, rue Jeanne-Mance, Montréal (Québec)

In this performance/installation that takes the form of a social science fiction docu-drama, Matt Macintosh and Keesic Douglas imagine the fall of civilization and the near extinction of the planet – thirty years or so into a not-too-distant future.


First Peoples’, First Screens

February 8 – May 31, 2016

Cinema Politica, Concordia University

First Peoples’, First Screens (FPFS) showcases contemporary Indigenous political filmmaking* from across Canada, including documentary, animation, experimental and genre fiction of varying lengths. We are thrilled to circulate four separate clusters of thematically grouped works throughout the Canadian part of the Cinema Politica network, and to provide a platform to discuss Indigenous art, culture, politics, history and struggle at each screening location.


Pow Wow Montreal

May 7 and 8 2016 at Vanier College, Montreal




Federal Budget is a Strong Step Forward in Supporting Post-Secondary Students but Further Investments are Needed for Graduate Students and Post-Secondary Indigenous Learners


Quebec’s new high school history curriculum falls short


Visit to Wapikoni Mobile


Flying in the face of tradition: Air Inuit gets its first Inuk woman captain


Justin Trudeau promises budget holds ‘historic’ investments for indigenous peoples


Doctors call on governments to address medical crisis on Ontario reserves


Ontario Increasing Education Funding in 2016-17


Nunatukavut Approves Funding For Traditional Life Skills Program in Schools


NWAC Mourns Life of Delaine Copenace; Renews Call for Immediate Cross-Governmental Action to End Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls


Nunavut’s child advocate gets beefed up budget for next three years


Wake to be held for 16-year-old Delaine Copenace Monday afternoon


National Chief Bulletin – Federal Budget 2016



imagineNATIVE 2016 Call for Submissions – Now Open!


Wapikoni Mobile: Calling for First Nation Communities!


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