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.