Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute (MISHI)

(Michael Belmore, “Bridge,” 2014, utilizes copper and aluminum beads (representing the 1’s and 0’s of ASCII) as a reminder of the forgotten codes that are the basis of our contemporary realities that serve to connect, and sometimes divide, our communities.)

The History of Indigenous Peoples (HIP) Network, a research cluster of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York University, is partnering with the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation (OCF) to offer the Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute (MISHI). The Summer Institute will focus on Anishinaabe-centred history and will involve students and scholars from university and Anishinaabe communities. The goals of MISHI are: to teach participants about Anishinaabe history on Manitoulin Island, with a focus on site-specific experiential learning; support the historical and educational resources of the OCF; and to build bridges and strengthen the relationships and cooperation between OCF and York University.

MISHI’s overarching focus is Manitoulin Island-based Anishinaabe history from an Anishinaabe perspective. Every summer school has specific themes, such as education, environment, gender, material culture, art, doodems, among many others. The theme for the 2017 program is place-based wisdom.

MISHI 2018 Call for Participants

MISHI 2018: Doodemag: Exploring Anishinaabe Worldviews Through Clans

The History of Indigenous Peoples (HIP) Network, based at York University and housed in the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, and the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation (OCF), located on Manitoulin Island, is pleased to invite applications for the Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute (MISHI), June 10-17, 2018. MISHI is an annual event in Anishinaabe Studies that brings together students, teachers, knowledge-holders, artists, and Elders for a week-long summer institute on Manitoulin Island. It is an excellent opportunity to concentrate on a single theme in Anishinaabe Studies while engaging with other scholars and to explore Manitoulin Island. The theme for MISHI 2018 is exploring Anishinaabe Worldviews, especially through the lens of doodemag or clans.

Application Deadline: January 15,2018
For more information and application process: MISHI 2018 Call for Participants (pdf)

MISHI 2017 August 14 - 18, 2017

“Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute (MISHI) 2017: Does Wisdom Sit in Places? Sites as Sources of Knowledge” was a five-day summer institute held from August 14-18, 2017, focused on understanding how place-based knowledge shapes an Anihsinaabe-centred history of Manitoulin Island and its environs. Co-sponsored by the History of Indigenous Peoples (HIP) Network, a research cluster embedded within the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies at York University, and the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation (OCF), an organization devoted to Anishinaabe history and culture, with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council(SSHRC). The summer institute brought together 25 established and emerging historians, graduate students, administrators, artists, Elders, and knowledge-keepers to explore the history through landscapes, stories, and documents. Event organizers were Carolyn Podruchny (co-founder of HIP Network, York University), Anong Beam (curator and acting executive director of the OCF, M’Chigeeng First Nation), Lewis Debassige (Elder and co-founder of the OCF, M’Chigeeng First Nation), Alan Corbiere (former Executive Director of the OCF, M’Chigeeng First Nation) and Boyd Cothran (co-founder of HIP Network, York University). The first co-sponsor, the HIP Network, has a mandate to encourage and support the research of the histories of Indigenous peoples, primarily among graduate students and faculty members at York University and neighbouring institutions. With a membership of close to 200 people, the Network holds bi-weekly workshops for members’ scholarship-in-progress, talks by visiting speakers, film viewings, an annual Elder Event, and a fieldtrip series. The second co-sponsor, the OCF, represents six First Nations (Aundek Omni Kaning, M’Chigeeng, Sheguiandah, Sheshegwaning, Whitefish River, and Zhiibaahaasing) and is dedicated to nourishing and preserving Anishinaabe history, arts, language, and spirituality. MISHI builds on a partnership developed between the OCF and the HIP Network over the last three years through fieldtrips, workshops, and lectures.

News About MISHI:
Article in Anishinabek News by Nicole Latulippe:  
Nbwaach’ding (visiting) and Anishinaabe knowledge on Manitoulin Island

For participant's reflections on MISHI 2017, read:
MISHI 2017 Reflections: Bridging Land, Ideas, Generations, Worlds (pdf) by Victoria Jackson, Daniel Murchison and Carolyn Podruchny.

Wisdom Sits in Places (pdf) by C. Elizabeth Best

All the Parts are in Conversation with Each Other (pdf) by Phil Henderson

Conversations in the Car, the Bus, the Boardwalk: Reflections on learning (pdf) by Clara MacCallum Fraser, with Kelly King and Nicole Latulippe

A Triptych of Thoughts on the Knowledge of Land (pdf) by Benjamin J. Kapron

On the Importance of Caribou Stories (pdf) by Katherine MacDonald

Where Knowledge Resides: Strong Indigenous Women and Experiential Education (pdf) by Violet King

Wisdom in Place: Learning through Relationships (pdf) by Katrina Srigley

Useful Links:
Ojibwe Cultural Foundation

History of Indigenous Peoples' Network

Robarts Centre Associates