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.

The Call for Participants and the applications may be found here

MISHI 2017 will run from August 14-18The deadline for submission is March 15, 2017. If you have any questions, please email

Useful Links:

Ojibwe Cultural Foundation

History of Indigenous Peoples' Network

Robarts Centre Associates