Nipping University has launched a new video series promoting Indigenous knowledge sharing. 

As part of the school’s Indigenous Week, the video series titled “Visiting with Anishnaabe and Cree Knowledge Holders” launched yesterday. The series features knowledge holders from across the region and was produced in support of Nipissing University’s Summer Indigenous Institute, a transition program for Indigenous students entering university. The videos cover a range of topics including Anishnaabemwin (Ojibway language), hide tanning, jingle dance, traditional men’s dance, lived experience, traditional art forms, and cultural learning. 

The school will release the remaining 4 videos in the coming weeks on their website.

“We are grateful for the generosity of Anishnaabe and Cree knowledge holders participating in this project and allowing us to amplify their stories,” said Tanya Lukin-Linklater, director of Enji giigdoyang, Indigenous initiatives, Nipissing University.  

Although public health restrictions postponed in-person learning for the Summer Indigenous Institute this past year, this video project serves as a complement to the program, offering students the opportunity to participate in online workshops with the Indigenous knowledge holders involved in the project. 

The featured knowledge holders in the video series include:

  • Perry McLeod-Shabogesic, Oshkabewis (Helper), Nipissing First Nation  
  • Nathalie Restoule, Nipissing University student and youth mental wellness practitioner, Dokis First Nation  
  • Mckenzie Ottereyes Eagle, Nipissing University student, Waswanipi First Nation 
  • Alysha Allaire, Anishnaabemwin language teacher, Near North District School Board, Nipissing First Nation 
  • Brenda Lee, cultural arts instructor, Plains Cree, Maskwacis, Alberta
  • Lorraine Sutherland, education consultant, Attawapiskat First Nation

To view the first video in the series, click here.