Despite an oppressive history, the resiliency of the Anishinabek people remains. There are many community leaders, organizations and people who are members of Mnidoo Mnising communities who continue to remain true to their Anishinabek values and identity. The tribal council providing political advocacy for several First Nation communities located on Mnidoo Mnising is the United Chiefs and Council of Mnidoo Mnising. Amongst other significant achievements, such as creating many multi-sector organizations (which includes Kenjgewin Teg) mandated to serve Mnidoo Mnising communities, by the year 2030, the Council has stated that any person, Indigenous or non-Indigenous (Anishinabek or non-Anishinabek), who works in the Anishinabek Territory of Mnidoo Mnising will need to have some command of the Ojibwe Language, Anishinabemowin. Anishinabek education sovereignty plays a key role in teaching and learning Anishinabek children, adults, and lifelong learners from all backgrounds and diversity – and this is a role which Kenjgewin Teg, as one of many places of learning on Mnidoo Mnising, holds with great respect and humility. Mnidoo Mnising’s history, cultural and spiritual significance to the Anishinabek people play an important part of Kenjgewin Teg’s lifelong learning programs and services.
Geographically, Mnidoo Mnising is known as the world’s largest freshwater Island. It has more than a hundred inland lakes between its shores, and many of those lakes have islands. There are more than two dozen small settlements, First Nations and small towns spread out across more than 160 kilometers of boreal forest, lakes, rivers, shorelines, escarpments, and meadows. Manitoulin Island (known as Mnidoo Mnising to the Anishinabek people) is currently a popular tourism destination attracting visitors from around the world.