First Nations Education Act discussion with Anishinabek Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee and Author, Educator Niigaanwewidam Sinclair

GCC Patrick Madahbee

This week we spoke to Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee and author, educator and commentator Niigaanwewidam Sinclair about the Canadian government’s First Nations Education Act. The Act is becoming known for it’s problems, including lack of consultation with communities, as well as its paternalistic nature.

Grand Chief “Wedaseh” Madahbee has over 30 years experience in Band politics, 17 years of which he has served as Chief.  From 1993 to 1999 he served as Manager of Aboriginal Financial Services for TD Trust.   Mr. Madahbee’s prior roles on a regional level include Grand Council for the Anishinabek Nation, and the Union of Ontario Indians. He was also a Regional Sales Manager for the First Nations Bank of Canada.

Niigaanwewidam Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN, and his written work can be found in the pages of The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, newspapers like The Guardian, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. Niigaan is the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (Highwater Press, 2011) and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press, 2013), and is the Editorial Director of The Debwe Series with Portage and Main Press.


Alo White – Traditional Rounddance via Roy McDonald

Flying Down Thunder – Minwashin (Beautiful)

A Tribe Called Red – Bread and Cheese f. Black Bear

Originally Aired Monday November 4, 2013

Photo Credits: Anishinaabek Nation; Niigaan Sinclair

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