Indigenous person engaging in Powwow dance

Indigenous People of Southwestern Ontario

An introductory course on the social, cultural, and historical resurgence of Indigenous knowledge and practices with a particular focus on the Anishinabe of southwestern Ontario.  The one-day class will give learners a better sense of Indigenous traditions to prepare the workplace to design and deliver culturally appropriate program of these clients. 

Topics will include, but are not limited to:  Indigenous history, colonization of Indigenous people, culture and traditions of the Anishinabe, Indigenous knowledge, Truth and Reconciliation and the Indian Residential School Legacy.

The exercises in this program will utilize Indigenous methodologies to provide participants with a unique cultural experience.

Example of Exercises

  1. Reconciliation Policy: The groups will be asked to develop a Reconciliation Policy for their place of employment. 
  2. The Anishinabe Clan System: This exercise will utilize the Anishinabe Clan system to provide a solution to a problem and provide participants with a personal experience using an Indigenous process to solve a communal problem.  The participants will practice a new process of conflict resolution.

At the end of this course the students will have knowledge of the following:

History, Governance and Culture

  • The history of Indigenous people in southwestern Ontario.
  • The governance structure of Indigenous people (Anishinabe) in this area pre-contact.
  • The cultural practices of Indigenous people (Anishinabe) in this area pre-contact.
  • The Indian Act still in effect today

Impacts of Colonization

  • The impacts of colonization upon Indigenous people (Anishinabe) in this area.
  • The Indian Residential School system.
  • The impacts of Indian Residential School system upon Indigenous people.
  • Understand how intergenerational trauma has trickled down to subsequent generations and the impacts upon Indigenous people.

Statements, Agreements and Apologies

  • The Reconciliation Statement delivered by Hon. Jane Stewart.
  • The Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement.
  • The Apology by the Churches within Canada
  • The Apology by Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper

 Learners must attend at least 80% of the class to receive a “Certificate of Participation”

Instructor Russell Evans

Dr. Russell A. Evans is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor. He is Anishnaabe with roots in both Temagami First Nation (Bear Island) and Matachewan First Nation communities in northeastern Ontario. His dissertation research focused on financial accountability relationships between Indigenous communities and their various stakeholders, including the Government of Canada. He completed his PhD in Behavioural and Social Accounting at the J.R. Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. His current projects include research involving Indigenous governance, economic development within Indigenous communities, Indigenous research methodology, and EDI issues related to the Indigenization of post-secondary education in Canada. He has received several internal and external grants for his research and was awarded the CPA Ontario Best Paper Award in 2018 for his paper titled "Budgeting Practices in Canadian First Nations Settings: A Study of Their Role in the Persistence of arbitrary-set Social Hierarchies.


Instructor Russell Nahdee

Russell Nahdee holds the position of Indigenous Learning Specialist at the Office of Open Learning, University of Windsor, and serves as an adjunct Lecturer at the University of Windsor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology. His research endeavors focus on collaborative projects with Indigenous communities, with a particular emphasis on facilitating cross-cultural exchanges and the respectful sharing of Indigenous Knowledge.


Dr. Valerie G. Waboose, instructor for Indigenous Peoples of Southwestern Ontario course

Valarie G. Waboose is an Anishinabe Kwe from Bkejwanong Territory /Walpole Island First Nation. She is a mother of 2 daughters, grandmother of 7 and great-grandmother of 4. She is a second-generation survivor of two parents that attended Shingwauk Indian Residential School. Her Ph. D. dissertation studied the impacts of the compensation processes upon residential school survivors. 

Valarie is currently Associate Professor at University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, and the Director of the Indigenous Legal Orders Institute.  She teaches,  Indigenous Legal Orders, Reconciliation and the Residential School Legacy and Anishinabe Law Camp. 


Dr. Beverly Jacobs, Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Relations & Outreach at the University of Windsor offers support for the course and Dr. Waboose:

I am so proud of my colleague and friend Dr. Valarie Waboose for taking on the teaching responsibilities of this important course.  She is an amazing teacher and knowledge holder who will definitely provide learners with the appropriate curriculum of the Anishinabe peoples from this territory.  I encourage you to take this amazing opportunity to learn from the best.

Nia:wen/kinanâskomitin/Miigwech/Thank You/Merci,


Wednesday, November 13, 2024 (Registration opening soon)
8:30am - 4:30pm
Instructor: Russell Nahdee

Format: In-person, at UWindsor Continuing Education, Windsor Hall


Wednesday's November 27 and December 4  (Registration opening soon)
9:00am - 12:30pm
Instructor: Russell Evans

Format: Online Classroom

Fee: $350 + HST. For leaders in their organization who wish to send their team, group rates are available. UWindsor Staff, Students, Alumni, and Hire UWindsor Partners are eligible for a discount. Email for details.

A portion of tuition from Indigenous People of Southwestern Ontario will benefit programs at the Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre of Windsor, Ontario.  For more information about CAIFC, please visit their website:

Technical Requirements for Brightspace:

  • Learners will require access to a computer to access class materials.
  • A link will be provided through email prior to the first day of class so that you will have access to all course resources and streaming functions
  • Once you register for this class you will be issued a UWinID. Please activate your UWinID as soon as possible. Document your UWinID and password as you will need it to access Brightspace. If you have any issues, please contact
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About OSAP Micro-credentials Application

  • This program is eligible for the OSAP Micro-credential application (OSAPMC).
  • Participants must be registered into the program prior to applying for OSAPMC.
  • Participants are obligated to pay their fees in full, or decide to withdraw at least one week prior to the course start date should they not receive OSAPMC.
  • Register for this program accordingly to allow ample time for your application to be processed. It takes approximately 10-15 business days for the OSAPMC application to be processed.

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