Facilitated by: Paul Nadjiwan (Indigenous Cultural Educator)

Thursday, June 3, 2021 – (10 am – 12 noon)


Paul Nadjiwan

Photo: Paul Nadjiwan (right), with his son and two other chiefs, sitting at a traditional drum and doing a ceremony for the community’s Habitat for Humanity, in the Fall 2018.

Paul Nadjiwan, Ojibwe, is the former elected chief of the Nawash First Nation of Cape Croker on the Bruce Peninsula. He is known for his historical and cultural Indigenous teachings, including on traditional medicinal and edible plants. He is an Indigenous Cultural Educator and Spiritual Elder.

He serves as the Cultural Resource Coordinator at the M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre. He is the former Executive Director of the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation and a member of the Manito Animikii Benasii Miikan (Road of the Thunderbird), an organization devoted to preserving knowledge of traditional ceremonies, songs, and medicines.

He is deemed Cultural Content Authenticator by Carleton University Musicology Department. He is the Historical and Anishinaabemowin Researcher for the Saugeen Ojibwe Nation (SON) Land Claims. And has served on the Gitche Name Reconciliation Garden Committee; the Saugeen Ojibwe Nation (SON) Residential School Reconciliation Committee and A SHARED Future International Advisory Committee. He is also a mentor for youth programs and sports.

Living in traditional ways, he is a gatherer of traditional medicines and wild game harvester, sharing food with community members. He is Nigonsit (Head man) Crane Clan and Aniimikii Dewaygan Giima (Thunder Drum Chief).

Paul holds an Honours BA in History from Lakehead University.