Statements from the Office of Indigenous Initiatives

July 14, 2020

Mourning the Loss of Indigenous playwright and Professor Emeritus Daniel David Moses

The Queen’s community is mourning the loss of Indigenous playwright and Professor Emeritus Daniel David Moses. Daniel passed away on Monday, July 13th 2020 at the age of 68.

Daniel was Delaware from Six Nations of the Grand River where he was born. He will be remembered as a talented playwright, poet and cherished faculty member of Queen’s University. Daniel was appointed as a Queen’s National Scholar in 2003 in the Department of Drama and in 2016, he was inducted as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada. Notable plays, poetry and works include “The Indian Medicine Show”, “Almighty Voice and His Wife”, “Pursued by a Bear: Talks, Monologues and Tales” and “Delicate Bodies”.   

On behalf of the Queen’s community, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to Daniel’s family, students and colleagues.

Faculty and staff in need of support can also access the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), provided by Homewood Health, by visiting the Queen’s HR website. For 24-hour EFAP services call 1-800-663-1142 (English) or 1-866-398-9505 (French).

Kanonshysonne (Janice Hill), Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation)


June 30, 2020

Act of vandalism at Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre

I was deeply disturbed to learn of the act of vandalism at Four Directions Indigenous Student Centre. It disappoints and saddens me to hear of yet more acts of hatred and violence directed towards Indigenous and LGBTQ2S members of our community. The flags which were cut up and destroyed, were hung in response to the Chown Hall incident that took place last fall, in support of not only the students impacted by the incident but also in support of the broader Indigenous and LGBT2S+ community here at Queen’s.

It’s disheartening to continue to see these acts of hate, homophobia and racism take place at Queen’s University. We are once again reminded that homophobia and racism is alive and well in our community. I strongly condemn this act of hate and I want to re-iterate my commitment to educating others and creating change at Queen’s and within the Queen’s community. I will continue to work with senior administration as we work to identify those responsible for this act.  I also want to let students, staff and faculty know that I am here to support and work with each of you. Together we can and will overcome this.   

Kanonshysonne (Janice Hill), Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation)

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