Nipissing University launches new video series promoting Indigenous knowledge sharing

North Bay, ON – Nipissing University is pleased to announce the launch of a new video series focused on Indigenous knowledge sharing. The six-video series, titled “Visiting with Anishnaabe and Cree Knowledge Holders”, 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.

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Produced by Patrick Gilbert Productions, 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 first and second videos in the series premiere today coinciding with the start of Nipissing University’s Indigenous Week. The remaining videos will be launched in the coming weeks on Nipissing University’s website and social media platforms.

“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
  • Brenda Lee, cultural arts instructor, Plains Cree, Maskwacis, Alberta
  • Lorraine Sutherland, education consultant, Attawapiskat First Nation
  • Alysha Allaire, Anishnaabemwin language teacher, Near North District School Board, 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

Nipissing University’s interim president and vice-chancellor, Cheryl Sutton is pleased to see the video series highlight Indigenous voices: “These videos artfully capture the diverse stories and lived experiences of Indigenous knowledge holders that can be shared with the broader community to build understanding and foster a sense of connection at a time when we need it most.”

The Summer Indigenous Institute, launched in 2019, offers Indigenous students entering Nipissing University, Algoma University, Lakehead University, or Laurentian University support as they continue their educational journeys. The month-long Institute includes introductory Indigenous Studies courses, holistic supports, peer mentorship, and cultural and experiential learning opportunities to support the transition to university. Last summer, the Summer Indigenous Institute returned for its second year in a virtual format with funding from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

To view the first two videos in the series and learn more about the Summer Indigenous Institute, visit:



Meghan Venasse
Manager, Communications
Nipissing University
705-474-3450 ext. 4615

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