Information and Itinerary
The MCIS Language Solutions, 2019 Annual General Meeting, will take place on:
Tuesday, November 26th, 2019
5:45 pm – 8:30 pm
(Doors open at 5 pm)
As usual, the location of the MCIS 2019 AGM will be at the Foresters Financial Conference Centre, just to the North of the MCIS office building in the same complex, at:
793 Don Mills Road, North York, ON M3C 1T4
- The theme of this year’s AGM is: 2019 – The International Year of Indigenous Languages
- There will also be special features marking 2019 as MCIS’ 30th Year Anniversary!
You are free to bring family members. Please have each person RSVP on this page, as we have limited seating available.
There is no dress code. But for this year’s AGM, guests are encouraged to wear outfits showcasing the national or indigenous histories and cultures of their home countries!
Come dressed for celebration and fun!
There are limited visitor parking spaces available behind the Foresters Financial building. Alternatively, you can park on the residential streets around the Foresters Financial building. Please note that street parking may require payment until 6:00 pm.
All guests arrive at the AGM.
Coffee, tea, water and soft drinks served.
Feel free to mingle with attendees, say hi to old friends and make new ones!
We will hear from MCIS’ Chairman of the Board Gautam Nath, executive director Latha Sukumar, MCIS’ financial auditor, say farewell to our departing board members, and welcome the incoming board members to MCIS.
MCIS is honoured to be hosting Lindsay Borrows at our 2019 AGM. Lindsay Keegitah Borrows is Anishinaabe and a member of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation. She recently published her first book of creative non-fiction entitled Otter’s Journey through Indigenous Language and Law (UBC Press, 2018). Her writing explores the dynamic but under-researched intersections of indigenous language revitalization and the resurgence of indigenous legal traditions. She is currently a lawyer and researcher at the Indigenous Law Research Unit at the University of Victoria. She has worked with many indigenous legal traditions including Anishinaabe, Haíɫzaqv, Māori, Mi’kmaq, nuučaan̓uł, St’át’imc, and Tsilhqot’in.
Lindsay’s speech is based on the research of her recent book publication, Otter’s Journey through Indigenous Language and Law. Borrows employs the Anishinaabe tradition of storytelling to explore what has happened with indigenous languages and laws in Canada, and what is being done to revitalize these important teachings. She follows Otter, a dodem (clan) relation from the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation, on a journey across Anishinaabe, Inuit, Māori, Coast Salish, and Abenaki territories, through a narrative of Indigenous resurgence. Her hope is for people of all backgrounds to appreciate the challenges faced by Indigenous peoples in Canada to maintain their language, and have hope and practical tools for how to move forward in a positive way.
Dinner and Awards ceremony
Enjoy a hearty Syrian style catered dinner by Reyan Restaurant.
View MCIS’ 30th Anniversary Oral History video.
We will also recognize and celebrate our interpreter, translator and facilitator of the year for FY2018-2019, and recognize our professional and community partners of the year.
At the end of the evening, we will conduct a prize draw using the registration records, and end the evening on a high note.