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Learn from exceptional faculty with backgrounds in both Western and Indigenous knowledge, and experience cross-cultural learning. Learn how Indigenous peoples in Canada and around the world are shaping our globe through a creative blend of Indigenous and Western knowledge. You will study the historical and contemporary interactions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous societies, and the cultural foundations of Indigenous life in areas such as performance, literature, politics, ecology, and governance.
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Professor and Director of the Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies
B.Sc., M.B.A. (Western)
Enwayaang Building 301 ext. 7497, email@example.com
Research Interests: Aboriginal modernity; My interests are focused upon the emergence of modern aboriginal society, the key debates and ideas animating individuals and collectivities within it and the shape and nature of ‘governance’ as the key institutional idea that give expression to aboriginal modernity.
INDG 1001H/02H - Indigenous Credit Requirement (ICR) focus courses; INDG Major's Capstone courses 4201H/02H; Business Administration as well as Indigenous Studies courses taught.
B.A. (Queen’s), M.A. (Sussex), M.A. (Alberta), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Enwayaang Building 313 ext. 7241, firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Interests: Lynne’s areas of specialization are Aboriginal community development, building sustainable communities, social change, international development, popular education, and Aboriginal alliances with social movements.
Classes: INDG-IDST 3050Y; INDG 4050H; INDG 4051H; INDG 3813Y; INDG 6601Y
B.Sc. (Western), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Waterloo)
Enwayaang Building 305 ext. 7953, email@example.com
Research Interests: My research interests are in the fields of environmental health risk assessment, management and communication in cooperation with Indigenous populations. A particular focus of the work is on communities living in rapidly changing natural environments such as coastal and Arctic ecosystems.
Classes: INDG-ERST 3730Y; 4740Y; INDG 6701H
B.A. (McGill), M.A., Ph.D. (York)
Enwayaang Building 309 ext. 7845, firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Interests: Indigenous women’s voices include many kinds of storytelling, from oral and written versions of family and community history to autobiography, life-writing, poetry, theatre and performance, fiction, and essays. I am interested in understanding relationships to place and nation as articulated in the arts.
Classes: INDG-CUST 2300Y; INDG 3480Y; WMST 3521H; 3520Y
Associate Professor and Director, Indigenous Environmental Studies
B.A. (Trent), M.E.S., Ph.D. (York)
Enwayaang Building 302 ext. 7844, email@example.com
Research Interests: Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences
Classes: INDG-ERST 2601Y; INDG-ERST 3634H; INDG-ERST 4730Y
B.A. (Alberta), M.F.A. (Brandeis)
Enwayaang Building 101.7 ext. 7310, firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Interests: Indigenous theatre, arts and dance
Class: INDG 2110Y
Director, Indigenous Studies Ph.D. program
Research Interests: Indigenous Histories, Indigenous Women, Indigenous relationships within the Natural World, Colonialism and Resistance, Indigenous Performance.
Senior Lecturer and Chair of Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous Studies
Wolf Clan Faithkeeper, B.A. (McMaster)
Enwayaang Building 302 ext. 7922, email@example.com
Research Interests: Iroquoian cultural and language
Classes: INDG 2100Y; INDG 3180H; 4180H; INDG 4150Y Summer; INDG 6600Y
Barb Wall, Moktthewenkwe (Bodwewaadmii Anishinaabe)
303 Enwayaang Building
Phone extension: 7544
Lecturer/Assistant Professor Indigenous Language and Culture
B.Sc. (Michigan Technological University), M.Sc. (University of California, Berkeley), PhD (Trent –in progress)
Research and Teaching Interests:
Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences
Anishinaabe Culture, Language and History
Barbara teaches undergraduate courses within the Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences program and the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies. Experiential learning and Universal Design is emphasized using Indigenous pedagogies.
Further Information and Connections:
National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education (NCCIE) (www.nccie.ca)
Conservation through reconciliation partnership (conservation-reconciliation.ca)
Joeann Argue, Assistant Professor
B.A., Guelph; B.A. Trent; MFA Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Joeann joined the Faculty of the Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies in 2018. She brings the Traditional Knowledge of Indigenous songs, singing, drumming, movements, the sounds of stories, spoken, written and sung. She teaches Indigenous Music, the Oral History methods and Storytelling in its many forms.
Joeann has a deep understanding of the process of Traditional teaching and learning. She has carried many bundles during her time at Trent, providing the services of Indigenous Counsellor, Director of the First Peoples House of Learning and as Theatre Manager and Instructor over the past two decades. A member of Unity, the well know Traditional Women's singing group, Joeann has lent her voice in many capacities to the sounds of Spirit as their voices enter the various events for which they are asked to sing.
Indigenous Performance Program
Daystar (Rosalie Jones) was born on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana and is of Pembina Chippewa ancestry on her mother's side. She holds a Master's Degree in Dance from the University of Utah with postgraduate work at Juilliard School in New York City. She studied Korean, Hawaiian, East Indian and Flamenco dance, mine with Reid Gilbert, and modern with Jose Limon and Hanya Holm. Over many years, she has gained a knowledge of the Indigenous dance and cultural forms of the Plains, the Northwest Coast, and Conchero Dance, among others. As a teacher, she was responsible for the revitalization of Performing Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during the early 1990's when she was Chair of the Department. In 1995, Daystar was awarded a two-year National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Choreographer's Fellowship.
Robin Quantick: Classes: INDG1001H, INDG1002H
Heather Shpuniarsky: Classes: INDG2030H, INDG 2001H & 2002H
David King: Classes: INDG 2001H & 2002H
Kelly Harrison: Classes: INDG 3102Y Summer
James Wilkes: INDG-IESS 3631H and 3632H
Emeritus & Retired Faculty
Professor Emeritus, Elder, Activist, Nishnaabemowin Language
Shirley is a member of the Bird Clan of the Ojibway and Odawa First Nations of Canada. Her Anishinaabe name is Migizi ow Kwe meaning Eagle Woman. She was born and raised at Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island and attended St. Joseph’s Residential School in Spanish, Ontario. After completing her NS diploma, she received her BA in Native Studies at Trent Univer-sity and her Native Language Instructors Program diploma from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. Shirley received her Master’s Degree from York University in Environmental Studies. In June of 2004, Shirley retired from the Indigenous Studies Department and now holds the title, Professor Emeritus.
Edna is Odawa/Ojibway from Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island; head woman for the Eastern Doorway of the Three Fires Midewewin Lodge. She is well-known nationally as a Traditional teacher, ceremonialist, drum keeper and grandmother. She has been instrumental in the re-introduction of Traditional teachings and ceremonies in the local area, and is an active researcher of Traditional medicines. Edna is the founder of the annual Aboriginal women’s symposium at Trent. It was through her vision that Indigenous Studies and Trent started Nozhem Theatre, our Indigenous performance space that is developing an international reputation in Indigenous theatre and dance performance.