Dr. Edna Manitowabi Mukwa Dodem, Anishinabek Nation Inducted June 2014
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In our June 2014 annual ceremony celebrated with graduates, KTEI is very pleased to honour and welcome Anishinabek knowledge holder, Edna Manitowabi, Bear Clan, to become a part of KTEI’s Traditional Knowledge Faculty Members.
Dr. Edna Manitowabi is a widely recognized and respected Anishinaabe Elder of Ojibwe/Odawa ancestry. She is a traditional singer, storyteller and performer originally from Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve. For over 30 years, Edna has been a strong advocate for Anishnaabe women and has been instrumental in the revitatalization of our Anishinabek traditions, ceremonies and spirituality. She is a fourth degree member of the Midewiwin Society, a teacher of Anishinaabemowin, Professor Emeritus at Trent University, a recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Sudbury and is considered a specialist in Indigenous performance arts. With Trent University, Edna has taught, researched and developed courses in Aboriginal Theatre, Aboriginal Women’s Studies, Indigenous Knowledge, and Culture and Community. Edna’s life has been dedicated to the learning and sharing of Indigenous knowledge, and this past year, she began sharing her traditional knowledge with students in the KTEI pilot program – Azhiitaawin – a first year community-based university transitions program. It is with great honour and humility for us at KTEI that Edna has accepted our invitation to become part of our circle of Traditional Knowledge Faculty members!
Gloria Oshkabewisens- McGregor, Mukwa Dodem, Anishinabek Nation Inducted June 2012
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Elder Gloria Oshkabewisens-McGregor is a proud Ojibwe Anishinaabe-kwe from Whitefish River First Nation, Mnidoo Mnising, Ontario. Gloria served her community for over 15 years as an elementary school teacher at Shawanoswe School. She graduated from Lakehead University’s Native Language Instructor Program, and eventually served as an Elder in Residence for many summers for the students of this program. Gloria also did her work with Cambrian College as an Elder, providing individual counselling to students as needed. In 2012-2013, Gloria was a part of KTEI lifelong learning through KTEI’s Anishinabek Identity, Mind and Spirit Essential Skills program. Currently, Gloria is an active member of the United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising Elders Council and works as a Traditional Elder for the Shhkaagmik Kwe Health Centre in Sudbury, ON.