It’s not too late to celebrate Data Privacy Week!

Data Privacy Week is the last week of January each year. It began as just one day – January 28th – but has since expanded into a full week and is celebrated around the world. According to the Office of the Privacy Commission of Canada website, “January 28 … commemorate[s] the 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection.” We celebrate Data Privacy Week to emphasize the importance of valuing and protecting personal information.

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McGill Library has a Privacy Resources Guide that provides information, links, and tools related to digital privacy. You can also check out the virtual Redpath Book Display from last year: Privacy, Surveillance, and Big Data. All of the books and videos in the display are available through the library.

McGill is an official Data Privacy Week Champion and McGill IT Services is offering some virtual events and a contest over the next couple of weeks. See the calendar here.

Get Home Safe

Finals are hard, and after a long day at the library the last thing you want to do is walk home alone. Stay safe and warm with these services that help you get home. No matter what the reason, SSMU Walksafe and Drivesafe are here for you.

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Operating every day from 9pm-12am, if you have a late night at the library you have a safe companion home. Just call 514-398-2498.

For more information follow them on facebook here: @SSMUWalksafe or check out their website here:


Operating Monday to Friday 10PM-2AM, DriveSafe offers the option for those who live a little farther from campus.

They are only picking up passengers from campus, and due to limited resources the exam period boundaries are restricted to:

East-West: Autoroute 15 to Papineau

North-South: Rue Jean-Talon to Verdun

If passengers would like to be dropped off outside of this designated area, they will drop them at a bus stop, metro, or train station near the edge of the boundary.

There is one car each night! Call (514)398-8040

Also some key information:

  • If its an emergency, don’t wait for DriveSafe, call 911!
  • Opened alcohol is not permitted at anytime in a DriveSafe van.
  • Volunteers have total and absolute discretion as to who to allow into their van and where to go.
  • It is service aimed at bringing students home safely, not a taxi service for transporting you from place to place!

For more information, @McGillSSMUDriveSafe

For their website:

A HUGE thank you to all the volunteers who give their time to make their peers safer and happier.

Stay safe and take care of yourselves during the busy season. You are almost done!!

If you have any questions email or directly contact WalkSafe and DriveSafe.

Canadian Indigenous Picture Books: Selections from the ECRC

The Education Curriculum Resources Centre (ECRC) contains a curated collection of books and other formats to support the Faculty of Education curriculum. The Canadian Indigenous Picture Books: Selections from the ECRC exhibition showcases picture books, written by Canadian Indigenous authors. The book selections contain publications from Indigenous perspectives from across Canadian provinces and territories. The selections in the exhibition are contained in this bibliography:

Picture books or picture story books combine illustrations with short narratives and their audience is usually young children. The imagery in a picture book helps bring the story to life and assists beginning readers to follow the storyline. Picture books are essential teaching and learning resources and have been recognized for their ability to engage students and teach self-awareness.

I have highlighted two book selections in this post. One of the featured authors is C.J. Taylor, an acclaimed artist and children’s author of Mohawk heritage who was born in Montreal in the 1950s and raised in the Eastern Townships. C.J. Taylor credits Tundra Books’ publisher May Cutler for her support and encouragement to enable her work to be first published. Read more about C.J. Taylor in the Canadian Review of Materials profile:

Taylor, C. J. (2004). Peace walker: the legend of Hiawatha and Tekanawita. Tundra Books.

Also included, is Inuit storyteller, Michael Kusugak’s picture book entitled My Arctic 1,2,3. This counting book introduces its readers to arctic animals, landscapes and people. Read more about Michael Kusugak on his website:

Kusugak, M., & Krykorka, V. (1996). My Arctic 1, 2, 3. Annick Press.

The ECRC picture books are superimposed over a series of Canadian Indigenous maps created and published by Aaron Carapella called “Tribal Nations Maps”. Tribal Nations Maps is a U.S. Indigenous company dedicated to representing all historical Indigenous nations across the Western Hemisphere, using traditional and given tribal names. The Tribal Nations Maps are located in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, Map Room (second floor) and are available by consultation only.

The exhibition Canadian Indigenous Picture Books: Selections from the ECRC will be on display in the Redpath Exhibition display cases from November 5, 2021 until the end of the month. For more information about this exhibition, please contact, Education Liaison Librarian, McGill University Library.