Anishinaabe Maanjidowin: The Continued Spirit of Indigenous Studies


From March 5-7, 2020, we invite you to come and celebrate the movement of Anishinaabeg/Indigenous thought, heart, reality, and spirit in relation to the discipline of Indigenous Studies while acknowledging the contributions of key knowledge keepers and change-makers from across Turtle Island who had their beginnings at the University of Sudbury, particularly those who were at the forefront of our collective Indigenous revitalization and resurgence movement.

As many of you know, the University of Sudbury is a bilingual, tri-cultural university based in the tradition of the founding Jesuit Fathers. From the onset, the University has been committed to promoting the traditions and cultures of Indigenous people. In the light of truth and reconciliation, the Indigenous Studies Department has played an instrumental role in the growth of the University of Sudbury and in the education of non-Indigenous people since its inception.

In the mid-1970s, Dr. Jim Dumont, Dr. Edna Manitowabi, Dr. Art Solomon-ba, Dr. Ed Newbery-ba, Dr. Thom Alcoze, Dr. Nahum Kanhai, and others who came through the doors of the U of Sudbury such as Dr. Mary Ann Corbiere, Dr. Emily Faries, Dr. Anthony Hall, Joyce Pitawanakwat, Lena Odjig-ba, Nicholas Deleary, Margaret Young, Maureen Manitowabi and Mary Recollet helped lay the foundation for not only the Department, but also for the discipline of Indigenous Studies at large.

We are honouring and acknowledging the individual and collective contributions of these distinguished knowledge keepers to Indigenous Studies and the Anishinaabeg Nation, which have had an impact locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition, we are celebrating the 45th anniversary of the University of Sudbury’s Indigenous Studies Program along with some of our many alumni, faculty, and staff who have contributed to our stories of Indigenous resistance, resurgence, revitalization, truth and reconciliation.

Outline of the 3-day event & REGISTRATION/TICKETS:

Thursday, March 5, as of 2pm (FREE – MUST REGISTER HERE): *WILL BE LIVE-STREAMED*
Professor Emeritus granting ceremony for Dr. Jim Dumont & Dr. Emily Faries (in Canisius Hall, at the University of Sudbury). Parking will be free at the University of Sudbury during the time guests arrive (gate will be lifted during this timeframe).

Friday, March 6, as of 11am (FREE, drop-in basis – you're invited to show your interest by registering here): *PORTIONS WILL BE LIVE-STREAMED*
Day of Gathering for Knowledge Keepers; community members; alumni; students; and former and current faculty and staff (drop in basis, as of 11 am, in Canisius Hall at the University of Sudbury). Parking will be free at the University of Sudbury lot (the gate will be lifted).

Anishinaabe Maanjidowin Gala honouring our knowledge keepers and the Anishinaabeg Nation, catered by Hiawatha’s, at the University of Sudbury. Note this is a 'dry' gala (no alcohol). We proudly announce that popular Indigenous public figures Sarain Fox and Edward George will the the MCs at this Gala!


Did you know? A Tribe Called Red will also be in Sudbury on the Friday night (March 6th), as part of Northern Lights Festival Boréal. If you'd like to also take advantage of this opportunity, click here for more info.



In the spirit of the event, we want to acknowledge the past while looking to the future. As such, any surplus funds will go towards a scholarship for an Indigenous student and a portion will be allocated to a local Anishinaabe land-based children’s immersion school, Akinoomoshin. Akinoomoshin does not have a capital funding base and so we wish to assist them with their endeavors in educating Anishinaabe children, particularly within the context of Anishinaabemowin or the Ojibway language.

If you would like to sponsor the event or make a donation (monetary or prize gift), please contact Loretta Nootchtai ( or 705-673-5661, ext. 306), preferably before February 14, 2020. Many payment options are available (cheque, cash or debit in-person, e-transfer, or credit card). Details for each option will be provided upon confirmation with Loretta. Chi-miigwetch, merci, thank you in advance.



There are a number of opportunities for volunteering. Click below to sign up!

 Volunteer form


Keep checking in, as we will continue to update information on this page.

For any questions, please contact Tasha Beeds at or Marianne Denis-Séguin at



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Do you wish to sponsor this event or donate to it? Contact Marianne Denis-Séguin ( before February 21, 2020, for optimum visibility!

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