Faculty & Staff


Prof. Patricia Ningwance

Anishinaabemowin professor, Patricia M. Ningewance is Ojibwe from Lac Seul First Nation in northwestern Ontario. A fluent Ojibwe speaker, Patricia has traveled throughout Anishinaabe country where Ojibwe is spoken and tries to include all dialects in her books. She is the author of 12 publications and has 40 years of experience in language teaching, translation and media work.

Dr. Jerry Fontaine

Dr. Fontaine served as chief of Sagkeeng First Nation from 1989-98. Fontaine completed his BA from the University of Manitoba in 1976. From 2004 to 2008, he was the Director of Indigenous Initiatives and a Sessional Lecturer at Algoma University. In 2005, Fontaine served as an advisor to the leader of the Assembly of First Nations, Phil Fontaine. In 2000, he received his first masters degree in business administration (MBA) from European University in Paris, France, followed by a Master of Arts from University of Manitoba. Dr. Fontaine received his PhD in Indigenous Studies from Trent University; he is professor of Anishinaabe Studies and is a fluent Ojibwe speaker.


Mitch Case - Director, Student Services, Outreach and Resources

B.A. 4 (Hons) History/Anishinaabemowin
Algoma University and Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig
Buffalo Clan

Mitch is a proud citizen of the Métis Nation. Mitch has served the Métis Nation at the local, regional, provincial, national and international levels and carries a wealth of knowledge on the history and culture of the Métis people. Mitch is a strong advocate for culture based education, such as exists here at Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig. Mitch is an avid beadworker, who works to maintain the Métis floral beadwork tradition.

Cole Nolan - National Chiefs’ Library and Archive Technician

With experience working at the Sault Ste. Marie Museum, Cole, a member of Garden River First Nation, received his BA in History from Algoma University in 2018. He is direct descendant of Chief Shingwauk.

Dustin Hoogsteen - Data Project Coordinator and Administrative Assistant

B.A. Community Economic And Social Development
Algoma University
Buffalo Clan

Dustin is of Ojibwe Anishinaabe and Métis heritage and an intergenerational survivor. From Sault Ste. Marie, Dustin has extensive volunteer experience working with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig and the Métis Nation of Ontario.