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Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig faculty

Continued: Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig’s roster of faculty includes: Bawdwaywidun, or Edward Benton-Banai , Ojibway-Anishinaabe from the Odawazawguh i gunning or Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation in the beautiful northern Wisconsin.


Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig’s roster of faculty includes: Bawdwaywidun, or Edward Benton-Banai, Ojibway-Anishinaabe from the Odawazawguh i gunning or Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation in the beautiful northern Wisconsin.

A strong advocate for culture-based education and the relearning of our sacred Anishinaabemowin language, Benton-Banai is the grand chief of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge.

Mr. Benton-Banai is the academic/spiritual advisor for Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig.

Dr. Phil Bellfy (writing, rhetoric, and American cultures) is a member of the White Earth Band of Minnesota Chippewa (WRAC).

His research is concerned with the comparative experience of the Anishinaabe people in both the United States and Canada, especially those who live on the border.

His manuscript, Three Fires Unity: The Anishnaabeg of the Lake Huron Borderlands, was selected as the winner of the 2003 North American Indian Prose Award by the University of Nebraska Press.

Phil is the founder and co-director of the Center for the Study of Indigenous Border Issues. Yvgne Lithman, IMER/UIB, director of IMER/UIB/professor of sociology, International Migration & Ethic Research Unit at the University Of Bergin, Norway. After having held several senior positions at universities in Europe and North America, in 1996 Lithman was appointed director of the Research Unit on International Migration and Ethnic Relations at the University of Bergen, Norway, IMER N/B.

He has also been appointed professor of sociology at the same university.

In the spring term of 2000, he was made a Killam Fellow, nominated by the University of Calgary, Canada.

The same year, he was appointed international associate at the Centre for Community and Urban Studies, Goldsmiths College, London.

Lithman has lectured widely internationally, and some of his international engagement is also expressed in his position within the Metropolis network, where he is a member of the international steering committee.

He was scientifically responsible for its annual international conference in Oslo in 2002.

He has done field work in Sweden, Canada, and Peru, as well as various shorter field trips in European, Asian and African countries.

Lithman has also had a variety of international and national consulting tasks.

He is also engaged in a variety of international scholarly associations and other network activities.

Lithman's research includes a variety of concerns related to international migration and ethnic relations, First Nations (Indians) issues, development theory, natural resource issues, popular culture and culture theory, including sports.

Lorena Sekwan Fontaine, B.A., LL.B., LL.M. is Cree and Anishinaabe from the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba.

Lorena has worked with the Inter-American Human Rights Commission of the Organization of American States as a legal intern, and has assisted in land rights cases for Indigenous peoples in Belize, and the United States.

She has also worked as a legal consultant to Thomson Rogers, in the Baxter class action on residential schools, and for the Assembly of First Nations Residential School Unit. Nicholas Deleary B.A. (Trent University), Native studies/anthropology, M.A. Carleton University, Native Studies, Ph.D. in social cultural anthropology (pending).

Nicholas Deleary is an Ojibway and member of the Midewiwin Lodge.

Professor of Indigenous Studies/Aboriginal Partnership Liaison; St. Clair College.

Cultural Repatriation-Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge, Assembly of First Nations; Union of Ontario Indians, National Task Force on Museums & Aboriginal People in Canada; Museum repatriation; and the Sacred Site repatriation.

Projects include: Panamanian Indigenous National Congress; Phoenix Solutions Co., Plasma Gasification Co-generation Waste from energy systems; World Congress of Archaeology; Union of Ontario Indians, International Museum Exhibition, National Indian Education Council; Ziibiwing Cultural Education Society-Visioning and Reorganization. Jerry Fontaine, director, Anishinaabe Initiatives, Shingwauk Education Trust/Algoma University College, professor, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Laurentian University.

Jerry served as chief for over 10 years of Sagkeeng First Nation.

He served on several federal task forces, steering committees and councils with respect to finance, business, environment and child welfare.

He has served as a senior advisor to the Pine Falls Paper Company in Manitoba facilitating negotiations between the Province of Manitoba, Anishinaabe Nations and the Pine Falls Paper Company.

Jerry has served as a senior advisor to the national chief, Assembly of First Nations, where he was responsible for providing strategic advice and counsel to the national chief and the executive committee.

He founded and organized the First Peoples Party in Manitoba.

Howard Webkamigad B.A. (Laurentian), B.Ed. (Laurentian-Nipissing), M.A.(Michigan State) is an assistant professor in the Department of Modern Languages, Anishinaabemowin at Algoma University College.

Denielle Boissoneau-Thunderchild (associate legal counsel) is Ojibway/Nehiyew and a member of Garden River First Nation.

She received her undergraduate degree in human justice from the University of Regina, and graduated in law from the University of Toronto in 2000.