Being an international student, I feel shamefully ignorant when it comes to the Indigenous peoples who live in Canada. When I moved here, I did not even know that their struggles are not just history, but a complex, unsolved problem that is still present nowadays. Also, I had no idea that the Canada 150 celebrations for some people were not a joyful event, but a very painful one.
Thanks to the program I am a fellow of, I had some encounters with the Indigenous worldviews and the issues these peoples are facing today (see, for example, this documentary), and… wow, this whole experience is so eye-opening to me, that I am really feel I have to learn more.
For this reason, I was really excited when I saw on Facebook that this week, from September 18th to September 22nd, there is McGill’s University 7th Annual Indigenous Awareness Week, which according to this announcement “honours the many Indigenous cultures across the country including First Nations, Métis and Inuit” and “offers an opportunity to collaborate with community partners and draws active participation from McGill students, faculty and staff”.
I am eager to participate in this event, and I hope to see you there!
The whole program is available here.
The link to the Facebook event is here.
Banner photo taken from the Facebook event.