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Michael Loft

Michael Thaweiakenrat Loft
Michael Loft

Michael Thaweiakenrat Loft is a lifelong resident and enrolled member of the Mohawks of Kahnawake. He attended Kateri Indian Day school for 7 years. His father attended Spanish Residential school for 11 years. Michael is currently retired from McGill University since 2016. During his 10-year tenure, Loft taught courses centered on Indigenous issues and co-founded Indigenous Access McGill (IAM), a specialized support program for Indigenous students. The IAM program successfully increased Indigenous student recruitment and retention. Loft spearheaded efforts to move the Hochelaga Rock and raising the Hiawatha Belt flag atop the McGill Arts building during the annual McGill POW-WOW and on National Indigenous Day. Before his teaching role, Loft worked as a youth protection delegate and private practitioner in Kahnawake for 20 years. Early on, Loft worked in the United States of America as a high steel ironworker before volunteering for 3 years in the United States Marine Corps. Loft holds a master's degree in Social work from McGill University. In his spare time he enjoys RV-ing, gardening and gourmet cooking with his wife, Ruth.