The A. Jean de Grandpré Distinguished Speaker Series is named in honour of McGill’s Chancellor Emeritus, the late M. de Grandpré, who served as Chancellor from 1984-1991. He was a long-standing member of the McGill Board of Governors and one of Canada’s pre-eminent and most distinguished business leaders. An astute and visionary administrator, he brought these skills, together with his wisdom, clarity of thought, and persuasive logic, to the highest levels of leadership at McGill University.
2022 A. Jean de Grandpré Lecture
The 2022 A. Jean de Grandpré Lecture was held September 7th, welcoming Raven Swamp, Turtle Clan of Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, Greenhouse Facilitator at Karonhianónhnha Tsi Ionterihwaienstáhkhwa and the co-founder of the grassroots initiative the Kahnawà:ke Community Garden. She will be presenting her talk entitled “Building Community from Indigenous Food Security”.
Greenhouse Facilitator, Karonhianónhnha Tsi Ionterihwaienstáhkhwa
Raven Swamp is currently the Greenhouse Facilitator at Karonhianónhnha Tsi Ionterihwaienstáhkhwa elementary school and a co-founding member of the grassroots initiative the Kahnawà:ke Community Garden, which aims to revitalize traditional planting practices within the community of Kahnawà:ke. In 2017 she was crowned with the title of Miss Indian World at the Gathering of Nations Powwow and reigned on a platform of Indigenous Language Revitalization and Indigenous Food Sovereignty. Throughout her travels across Turtle Island, she addressed the importance of these practices and their impact on the identities of Indigenous Peoples. It is her personal belief that with the full implementation of these practices in daily life we may restore a traditional way of being as lost through years of colonization.
Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, Director, Center for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment (CINE)
Murray Humphries’s research focuses on environmental determinants of wildlife physiology, behaviour, and trophic interactions, as well as the contributions of wildlife conservation to the traditional food systems of Indigenous Peoples. Since 2010, Prof. Humphries has served as academic director of McGill’s Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment, an interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to community-based research on food and the environment. Murray also holds the McGill Chair in Northern Research, funded by the Institut Nordique du Québec. In this role, Murray initiated and currently leads McGill North, a network of northern and circumpolar researchers at McGill, including professors, post-docs, and graduate students from 9 faculties and more than 20 departments/units. His teaching curriculum has recently expanded to a new Indigenous success pathway program, developed in partnership with Cree organizations based in northern Quebec, to provide professional development training in fish and wildlife sciences for community officers.
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