Indigenous Health & Well-being Initiative

Ahnungoonhs/Brent Debassige

Ahnungoonhs/Brent Debassige, PhD, is an Ojibwe-Anishinaabe from M’Chigeeng First Nation, Ontario, and he is of the Caribou Clan. He currently resides in London, ON and works as an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the Western University. In his doctoral research he uses the term mino-bimaadiziwin (the Good Life) to reconceptualize conventional ideas about research, literacy and education. From this reconceptualized lens he documents (read: wrote and expressed through a carving) a personal experiential approach that involves reconciling tensions that exist between Anishinaabe teaching and learning environments (traditional ceremonies) and conventional schooling. His current research interests are in Indigenous/Traditional Knowledge, Indigenous research methodologies, Aboriginal Literacy (broadly defined), and Aboriginal Education. He is currently a co-investigator on a major SSHRC project that explores First Nation approaches to reconceptualize assessment.