Spring Institute in Lac Seul

Ziigwang Inakamigiziwin is a special spring session offering of university courses from Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig/Algoma University at Lac Seul First Nation, in northwestern Ontario.

Ziigwang Inakamigiziwin offers students the possibility of earning up to nine university credits with a special focus on learning Anishinaabemowin, the Ojibwe language; treaties and the treaty-making process; and the plants of the region and their uses.

Students may sign up for one, two or all three courses and will have many opportunities to practice the Ojibwe language, both in class and outside class, but no prior experience with the language is required.

Anishinaabemowin man

Photo courtesy of Great Lakes Cultural Camps

All instructors will be fluent Anishinaabemowin speakers. Additional land-based activities (for example, fishing and outdoors cooking) will be optional. Students coming to Lac Seul from elsewhere are encouraged to stay at Makwa Lodge and to take their meals together. A fluent Anishinaabemowin speaker will coordinate the extra-curricular activities.

Students must be eligible to study in a university degree program, but no prerequisites are needed to take these courses. Course credits may be transferable to other universities.


To register for the following courses, contact the Office of the Registrar at regoffice@algomau.ca or 705-949-2301, ext 4227/4264.

  • Deadline to register: Monday, April 30
  • Deadline to apply for SKG Lodging Subsidy: Monday, April 30

OJIB 2906: Anishinaabe Philosophy of Language and Culture I with Professor Patricia Ningewance Nadeau

Have you ever wondered what your Ojibwe-speaking relatives or friends are saying at Ojibwe gatherings? Here is an opportunity to find out! Students will be introduced to the Ojibwe language, immersion style and will practice basic conversational skills. For more information, view the OJIB 2906 Corse Description (PDF).

Date: May 10 – May 25 (Excluding Weekend)

Time: 9am – 12pm

ANIS 3007: Treaties with Dr. Jerry Fontaine

On Treaty 3 land, the students will be provided with a foundational understanding of the historical and contemporary meaning of treaties and the treaty-making process, with an emphasis on treaties of particular significance to the Lac Seul region. For more information, view the ANIS 3007 Course Description (PDF).

Date: May 10 – May 25 (Excluding Weekend)

Time: 1 – 4pm

ANIS 3906: Special Topics in Anishinaabe Studies II. Plants and their Uses with Professor Tom Chisel

In prehistoric times, the Anishinaabe people survived by knowing how to harvest medicines from the wilderness. In this course, students will learn to identify plants of the Lac Seul region by their Anishinaabemowin names and will learn how to process them and prepare them for storing and use. For more information, view the ANIS 3906 Course Description (PDF).

Date: May 28 – June 4 (Excluding Weekend)

Time: 9am – 4pm

For More Information

For more detailed information on Ziigwang Inakamigiziwin, please contact:

Aryn Lesage
Anishinaabe Outreach Officer
Algoma University
705-949-2301, ext. 3151

Mitch Case
Director, Student Services
Shingwauk Kinoomage Gamig