Indigenous Traditional Knowledge

Inviting Indigenous Knowledge Holders to the classroom  

Please follow the Indigenous Traditional Knowledge Holder and Miigwewin Gifting process if you are interested in developing Fleming College’s relationship with Indigenous communities.

Request an Indigenous Traditional Knowledge Holder to share knowledge, perspective and experience in your classroom or at an event.

The Indigenous Student Services team will work with you to invite guests and help you understand the proper and respectful protocol for inviting our Indigenous partners to a classroom or event.  Traditions may vary between partners and communities; therefore, it is important to follow this Indigenous Traditional Knowledge Holder Request and Miigwewin Gifting process.

To invite a Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Holder to share their traditional knowledge in a classroom, a student circle, or event, please contact Kylie Fox, Manager Indigenous Student Services for information on invitation protocol and gifting requirements.

Miigwewin Gifting Process

Traditional Knowledge Holders are not to be paid for their work but rather gifted as a reciprocal gesture of appreciation.  Fleming College’s process of gifting Traditional Knowledge Holders align with the traditional practice of gifting and will assist in the maintenance and expansion of Fleming College’s relationships with Indigenous communities and Indigenous Traditional Knowledge Holders.

This process is known as “Miigwewin”, which translates to “the art of giving”

To requisition a Miigwewin monetary gift for Indigenous persons for sharing their traditional knowledge, please complete the Request_For_Indigenous-Gift-Payment_Form.

List of Traditional Knowledge Resources

For contact information of the organizations, services, or Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Holders, or to request that additional resources be added to our list, please contact either Kylie Fox, Manager Indigenous Student Services or Liz Stone, Academic Chair, Indigenous Perspectives.

Internal Indigenous Knowledge Holders

Internal Indigenous Knowledge Holders are those individuals that are Academic staff of Fleming College, which carry lived experiences, teachings and professional Indigenous experience in various disciplines and sectors.

Internal Indigenous Knowledge Holders have been hired in part for their ability to enrich the academic experience of all students.  As such, a request may be made to individual internal IKH to attend lectures, seminars, Program & School events, meetings or Fleming wide initiatives and events.  To ensure that the internal Indigenous Knowledge Holder’s time and knowledge is respected, the request will be reported and approved by the internal IKH’s supervisor.  At the time of the approval, the internal Indigenous Knowledge Holder’s Standard Workload Form or exception report will  be will be adjusted/completed accordingly (Academic Process).

Ineligible internal Indigenous Knowledge Holder requests;

  • Requests that the internal Indigenous Knowledge Holder does not wish to participate in,
  • Those requests not approved by immediate supervisor,
  • Monetary gifts outside of internal Academic Process,
  • When a request occurs during a scheduled work period, planned vacation or approved time off,
  • Requests that are conflicts of interest, actual, perceived or potential, as per Fleming College Policy No. 4-404,
  • Those requests that are contrary to Academic Collective Agreement,
  • When such a request will result in overtime.

Although Fleming College is fortunate to have access to Internal Indigenous Knowledge Holders, it is expected that every effort will be made to build and maintain respectful and reciprocal relationships with Indigenous Community and external Indigenous Knowledge Holders when possible.  This will ensure and encourage diverse and continued learning throughout the Fleming College community.

Beedahbin Peltier, Professor Indigenous Perspectives, Anishnaabe nini, Wikwemikong First Nation, School of General Arts & Sciences.

Areas of Focus:  Environmental Sciences, Anishnaabe history, culture & teachings, Firekeeping, Community Organizing, Professional Development.

Cristine Rego, MSW, RSW, Professor Social Service Worker, Anishnaabe kwe, Lac Seul First Nation, School of Justice & Community Development.

Areas of Focus:  Social Work, Crisis Intervention, Health, Traditional Healing, Intergenerational Trauma, Cultural Safety, Lateral Violence in the Workplace, social justice, Power, privilege and oppression, Community engagement.

Cherylanne James, Professor Indigenous Perspectives, Anishnaabe kwe, Chippewas of Rama First Nation (Mnjikaning), School of General Arts & Sciences.

Areas of Focus:  Child & Youth Care, Social Work, Child Welfare, Indigenous Governance, Legislation, International Human 7 Child’s Rights, Indigenous & non-Indigenous Relationship Development, Cultural Responsive Pedagogy.

Tayohseron:tye Nikki Auten, Faculty Indigenous Perspectives, Haudenosaunee Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, School of General Arts & Sciences.

Areas of Focus: Haudenosaunee Culture, History, governance and Environmental perspectives, Kanien’keha:ka worldview, language & community.  Great Law, Wampum Belts & Community organizing.

Ziigwan Binesii Charles, Faculty Child and Youth Care, Anishnaabe kwe, School of Justice & Community Development.

Areas of Focus:  Child & Youth Care, Cultural Competency, Cultural Safety, Indigenous Children, Youth & families, Hand Drumming & Singing.

Elizabeth Stone, Academic Chair Indigenous Studies, Anishnaabe kwe,  Aamjiwnaang First Nation, School of General Arts & Sciences.

Areas of Focus:  Mental Health & Addictions, Residential Youth Care, Child, Youth & Family Wellness, Indigenous Community (Urban & Rural), Indigenous Governance, History & Culture, Community Engagement, Traditional Roles & Responsibilities, Intergenerational Trauma, Truth & Reconciliation, Professional Development & Systemic Change, Indigenous & Customary Law/Justice, Restorative Justice, Remote & Rural Service Delivery, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy.

External Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Holders

Some of our external Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Holders already offering their knowledge:

Joseph Pitawanakwat
EXPERTISE — Plant-based Medicine; Health, Traditional Healing, Nursing, Medical, trees, plants, shrubs, flowers, etc., Anishinaabe nini (Wikwemikong)
Rick Beaver
Andre Bosse
EXPERTISE — Metis Cultural Knowledge (past Senator), Knowledge of furs, wig wams, Metis culture and politics (Only interested in coming to events and gatherings; will display his furs. Does not want to speak in classrooms)
Elizabeth Ozawamick
EXPERTISE — Anishinaabe Kwe, Women’s Teachings, Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway Language) instructor, Anishinaabe ceremonies, water walker, pow wow dancer, full moon ceremony conductor
Dorothy Taylor
EXPERTISE — Anishinaabe culture and ceremony; Nibi Teachings; Sacred Water Circle, Michi Saagiig Anishinaabe kwe (Curve Lake First Nation)
Meagan Barnhart
EXPERTISE — Beading Workshops
Wanda Whitebird
EXPERTISE — sexuality and gender from an Indigenous perspective
Ryerson Whetung
EXPERTISE — Beading, drumming, quill work, and birch bark etching/basket
Marcellina Peltier
EXPERTISE — Beading workshops.
Doran Ritchie
EXPERTISE – Doran has a diverse background working with Federal, Provincial, Environmental Groups, Other First Nations, Parks Canada, Archeology, Resource Managers, Law Enforcement. Doran uses his past experiences and how sovereignty and the advancement of rights can be achieved.

David Beaucage-Johnson
EXPERTISE – Traditional Knowledge – Indigenous Artist. 

Greg Loft
EXPERTISE – Traditional Knowledge – Sharing Circle Facilitator

Travis Jacques
EXPERTISE – Travis Jacques is a currently appointed First Nations police constable employed with the Wasauksing detachment of the Anishinabek Police Service. Previously, Travis worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources as a conservation officer in the Parry Sound area, specializing in First Nations liaison between the Ministry and local communities

External Indigenous Community Organizations and Services

Kagita Mikam
EXPERTISE — Aboriginal Training & Services
Kawartha Native Housing / Otonabee Native Homes Inc.
EXPERTISE — Housing Assistance
Lovesick Lake Native Women’s Association
EXPERTISE — Women & Family Services
Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle
EXPERTISE —Providing Healing Services for Anishnaabekwewag and their families
Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre
EXPERTISE — Serving urban Aboriginal peoples of Peterborough
Peterborough and District Métis Council
EXPERTISE —Protecting rights and interests, building Métis awareness
Peterborough Native Learning Program
EXPERTISE — Tutoring and Upgrading Services
SOADI (Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative)
EXPERTISE — Promoting holistic wellness models, provide tools and knowledge to make healthy choices and live free of diabetes
Trent University
EXPERTISE —  Indigenous Studies and First Peoples House of Learning