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Di-bayn-di-zi-win : to own ourselves : embodying Ojibway-Anishinabe ways

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    An Indigenized, de-colonized world view for Indigenous leaders and academics seeking a path to reconciliation. Indigenization within the academy and the idea of truth and reconciliation within Canada have been seen as the remedy to correct the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and Canadian society. While honourable, these actions are difficult to achieve given the Western nature of institutions in Canada and the collective memory of its citizens, and the burden of proof has always been the responsibility of Anishinabeg. Authors makwa ogimaa (Jerry Fontaine) and ka-pi-ta-aht (Don McCaskill) tell their di-bah-ji-mo-wi-nan (personal stories) to understand the cultural, political, social, and academic events in the past fifty years of Ojibway-Anishinabe resistance in Canada. They suggest that Ojibway-Anishinabe i-zhi-gay-win zhigo kayn-dah-so-win (Anishinabe ways of doing and knowing) can provide an alternative way of living sustainably in the world. This distinctive world view as well as values, language, and ceremonial practices can provide an alternative to Western political and academic institutions and peel away the layers of colonialism, violence, and injustice, speaking truth and leading to true reconciliation.

    • Maa-ji-taa (We Begin)
    • Niinitam (My Turn) Don McCaskill
    • 1
    • Ka-pi-ta-aht di-bah-ji-mo (Don McCaskill Tells His Story)
    • 2
    • Niizhwasso ishkode (Seventh Fire): Political Resistance and Ojibway-Anishinabe Cultural Renewal
    • Cultural Renewal of the Seventh Fire: Anishinabe Ways of Doing and Knowing and Nah-nahn-gah-dah-wayn-ji-gay-win (How we came to think this way about our reality)
    • The Continuance of Resistance and Revival
    • Residential School System
    • Environmental Protests
    • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
    • Has Resurgence Made a Difference? 3
    • Indigenous Studies: Finding Understanding Through a Transformative Way of Knowing
    • The Academic Program
    • Applied Community Program
    • Political Advocacy and Outside Pressures
    • The Cultural Component
    • Trent Department Expansion
    • Bezhig onaagan gaye bezhig emikwan, biin-di-go-daa-di-win, and naa-wi aki: A Culturally Based Approach to Reconciliation and Indigenizing the Academy
    • Challenges
    • Moving Forward
    • Niinitam (My Turn) Jerry Fontaine. 4
    • Makwa Ogimaa di-bah-ji-mo (Jerry Fontaine Shares His Story)
    • Ni di-bah-jim (I'll share my story)
    • Kay-go-wah-ni-kayn andi-wayn-ji-ahn (Don't ever forget where you come from)
    • O-di-ni-gay-win zhigo Nay-nahn-do-jee-kayn-chi-gayd (Digging Around and Doing Research)
    • Nah-nahn-gah-dah-wayn-ji-gay-win (How we came to think this way about our reality)
    • I-nah-di-zi-win (Our way of being and way of life)
    • Ojibway-anishinabe i-zhi-chi-gay-win zhigo kayn-dah-so-win gemaa a-zhi-kay-ni-mo-nahd-a-di-sid bay-mah-di-sid (Ojibway-Anishinabe ways of doing and knowing or how we used our way of thinking and ceremonies to find answers). 5
    • Gah-wi-zhi maw-ji-say-muh-guhk (The way it happened)
    • 6
    • Ni-noon-dah-wah-min in-way-wahd gi-gay-tay anishinabeg on-ji-ning-gi-kayn-dah-so-min wayn-ji-da ji-ga-gway-dway-wi-nan (We hear the voices of our ancestors because we know how to ask the most basic questions)
    • Di-bah-ji-mo-win o-nah-ko-nah (To ceremonially call upon the story)
    • Di-bah-ji-mo maa-gi-zhaa gaye mah-zhi-nay-bi'i-gay (The story is shared and then maybe written)
    • Ah-way-chi-gay-win (To teach by telling a story)
    • G'gi-zhi-too-min (We're finished). Timeline of Events
    • Maah-ni-ka-no-tah-gay-win (Interpretation And Glossary)
    • Meegwetchiwenimaad (Acknowledgements)
    • Notes.
    Original Publisher: Toronto, Dundurn Press
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 1459749006, 9781459749016, 1459749014, 9781459749009
    Collection(s)/Series: First Nations Communities Read 2023