Anishinaabe Maanjidowin: The Continued Spirit of Indigenous Studies

ANISHINAABE MAANJIDOWIN THE CONTINUED SPIRIT OF INDIGENOUS STUDIES card IMG 0060 Shirley Williams Edna Manitowabi Emily Faries speaking March6 IMG 0025 IMG 0078 March7 Gala opening with Shirley Williams

From March 5-7, 2020, beautiful gatherings were held at the University of Sudbury tocelebrate the movement of Anishinaabeg/Indigenous thought, heart, reality, and spirit in relation to the discipline of Indigenous Studies while acknowledging the contributions of key knowledge keepers and change-makers from across Turtle Island who had their beginnings at the University of Sudbury, particularly those who were at the forefront of our collective Indigenous revitalization and resurgence movement.


As many of you know, the University of Sudbury is a bilingual, tri-cultural university based in the tradition of the founding Jesuit Fathers. From the onset, the University has been committed to promoting the traditions and cultures of Indigenous people. In the light of truth and reconciliation, the Indigenous Studies Department has played an instrumental role in the growth of the University of Sudbury and in the education of non-Indigenous people since its inception.

In the mid-1970s, Dr. Jim Dumont, Dr. Edna Manitowabi, Dr. Art Solomon-ba, Dr. Ed Newbery-ba, Dr. Thom Alcoze, Dr. Nahum Kanhai, and others who came through the doors of the U of Sudbury such as Dr. Mary Ann Corbiere, Dr. Emily Faries, Dr. Anthony Hall, Joyce Pitawanakwat, Lena Odjig-ba, Nicholas Deleary, Margaret Young, Maureen Manitowabi and Mary Recollet helped lay the foundation for not only the Department, but also for the discipline of Indigenous Studies at large.

We honoured and acknowledged the individual and collective contributions of these distinguished knowledge keepers to Indigenous Studies and the Anishinaabeg Nation, which have had an impact locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition, we also celebrated the 45th anniversary of the University of Sudbury’s Indigenous Studies Program along with some of our many alumni, faculty, and staff who have contributed to our stories of Indigenous resistance, resurgence, revitalization, truth and reconciliation.

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The celebrations began on Thursday, March 5th, with a Professor Emeritus granting ceremony for Dr. Jim Dumont & Dr. Emily Faries.

The celebrations continued on Friday, March 6th with a Day of Gathering, where Elders and Knowledge Keepers shared their stories, memories, and their wisdom.
 
The celebrations culminated with the gala held on Saturday, March 7th. It was catered by the award-winning Hiawatha’s, the first to open an Indigenous restaurant in Sudbury. The gala also boasted public figures Sarain Fox and Edward George as MC’s. A beautiful energy was present on Saturday evening as Elders, Knowledge-Keepers and some important pillars were recognized in various ways, such as with heartfelt words, Star Blankets and Eagle Feathers. The room was filled with honour, gratitude and joy.
 

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DONATIONS / SPONSORSHIPS

In the spirit of the event, we wanted to acknowledge the past while also looking to the future. As such, funds are going towards bursaries for Indigenous students and a portion will be allocated to a local Anishinaabe land-based children’s immersion school, Akinoomoshin. Akinoomoshin does not have a capital funding base and so we wish to assist them with their endeavors in educating Anishinaabe children, particularly within the context of Anishinaabemowin or the Ojibway language.

Because of the generosity of many, we are proud to announce that the Anishinaabe Maanjidowin: The Continued Spirit of Indigenous Studies event  raised $5000.00 for Akinoomoshin! Your investment into Indigenous children’s land-based education will ensure the spirit and intent of looking to the past for the future is realized. If you wish to support Akinoomoshin directly, please contact Julia Pegahmagabow, Director, at julia.pegahmagabow@gmail.com.

In addition, we have five (5) "The Continued Spirit of Indigenous Studies Legacy Bursaries" of $250 each. The funds were made available to Indigenous students at the University of Sudbury who required emergency funds. The organizing committee recognizes the current pandemic situation can increase financial challenges, and so with the generosity from the donations to Anishinaabe Maanjidowin, we are happy to be able to assist students in this manner.  
See UPDATE on this HERE.

We want to thank our sponsors Laurentian University Faculty of Arts and Indigenous Student Affairs, Bob’s Smoke Shop, Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre, Wahnipatae First Nation, Mississauga First Nation, Atikameksheng Anishinabek and three anonymous donors. And chii-miigwetch to Bob Chiblow and Rhonda Peltier from Mississaugi First Nation for their recent donation towards an additional Emergency Bursary.

Miigwech to all who attended the memorable event! Chi-miigwech to all the sponsors and supporters who gave so generously, to the Elders and Knowledge Holders who shared wisdom and stories with all those in attendance, to the dedicated volunteers, and to all those who contributed to the event. Coming together made the event possible and memorable, and more importantly, made these donations a reality.

For more information on the event, feel free to contact Professor Tasha Beeds at tbeeds@usudbury.ca

Chii-miigwetch for all your support! 

 

VOLUNTEERING

We would like to give a big thank you to all those who volunteered their time throughout the three days. Their contribution and efforts are greatly appreciated and crucial in the success of this event. Chi-miigwetch, thank you, merci!

 

EVENT COVERAGE

Below you will find links to media coverage of the event:

https://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/university-of-sudbury-marks-45-years-of-indigenous-studies-1.4843829  

https://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/indigenous-education-anniversary-celebration-1.4842593  

https://www.sudbury.com/local-news/its-a-powerful-time-to-be-indigenous-how-an-entire-university-discipline-got-its-roots-right-here-in-sudbury-2139981  

https://www.iheartradio.ca/92-3-the-dock/news-trending/university-marks-45-years-of-indigenous-studies-1.10643128

http://thelambda.ca/2020/03/06/indigenous-studies-department-celebrates-its-45th-anniversary-with-anishinaabe-maanjidowin-the-continued-spirit-of-indigenous-studies/

https://bit.ly/3bWecDF

https://www.catholicregister.org/item/31240-building-blocks-for-a-nation


PHOTOS

Click here to see the Facebook photo album.


VIDEO

Relive the event by viewing the live-stream footage for the 3 days:

STORIES 

Hear what some of the guests shared during the event:

 

Contact

For more information on the event, feel free to contact Professor Tasha Beeds at tbeeds@usudbury.ca.

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SPONSORS

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Laurentian University / Université Laurentienne       
Indigenous Student Affairs
Faculty of Arts
 

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Bob's Smoke Shop
 

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Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre
 

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Wahnapitae First Nation
 

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 Mississauga First Nation
 

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Atikameksheng Anishnawbek
 

Chii-miigwetch to Bob Chiblow and Rhonda Peltier from Mississaugi First Nation for their recent donation towards an additional Emergency Bursary.
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