Wednesday, January 31, 2018
The Hochelaga Rock sits prominently on McGill’s lower campus, across from the statue of the University’s founder James McGill. A monument commemorating the Iroquois village of Hochelaga, whose longhouses once stood where McGill students now gather, the rock is a potent symbol of the Indigenous presence at McGill — past, present and future.
But until it was relocated in the summer of 2016, the Hochelaga Rock had been hidden in an obscure corner of campus. Moving the rock was a recognition of Indigeneity at McGill — and it foreshadowed another, far-reaching initiative: in September 2016, the rock was, appropriately, the site of the official launch of the Provost’s Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education.
The rest of this article can be found at McGill's Alumni website.
by Patrick McDonagh.