In The News | May 3-7

Each week, we feature a few articles about Indigenous news, issues and initiatives with a local, national and global focus. We feature these as an educational resource, and they should not be construed as an official stance or reflective of the opinions or beliefs of the Institute, CIS staff or faculty.

For the week of May 3rd-7th,



  • Listen to the May 2, 2021 episode of The Doc Project, “Whose Condo is it Anyway?” When Craig Desson bought his condo in Montreal, he was finally achieving a big life goal of home ownership. But there was a question echoing in his mind. Montreal is on unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka (often referred to as Mohawk). And if Montreal is on unceded territory, can he really own it? Craig and Doc Project host Acey Rowe trace the claim to the land his condo is on back through history, through property booms and busts. Listen now.
  • Dozens of Canada’s First Nations lack drinking water: ‘Unacceptable in a country so rich’ by Leyland Cecco for The Guardian


Events & Opportunities

  • All are invited to attend Hua Ki’i: A Prototype for Developing Ethical Indigenous AI, a panel featuring five Indigenous scholars speaking about Indigenous protocol considerations in AI, and the development of the Hua Ki’i app, a prototype of these protocols in action which uses object recognition to translate images into Indigenous languages, starting with Hawaiian. The panel will take place May 13, from 2-3:30 pm. The host and discussant will be CIS/LLED Associate Professor Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla. To register, click here.
  • On May 17, from 2-3pm PST, come and join BC NEIHR for a conversation with Dr. Charlotte Loppie, Professor of Public Health & Social Policy (UVic) and Principal Investigator of the BC NEIHR for an Social and Information Session Webinar. Learn about how the BC NEIHR is supporting an Indigenous-led provincial health research agenda. All are welcome! You can register by emailing Tara Erb at to get your Zoom link!
  • Join the Museum of Anthropology for “In a different Light: Reflecting on Northwest Coast Art with Karen Duffek and Jordan Wilson” as part of “The Work We Do” series on May 27, 2021, from 6:30-7:30pm. Learn more here.
  • The Oceans as Archives Symposium is taking place on May 6th and 7th. On Friday May 7th, CIS’s Dr. Dory Nason will be moderating a panel, “Undoing Land/Sea” with Alice Te Punga Sommerville, Diyan Achjadi and Adrian de Leon. Learn more here.