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Anishinaabe Peoples’ Council

APC has the mandate to represent the needs and aspirations of the Anishinaabe people and Anishinaabe students at Algoma University.

In 1986, the Aboriginal Education Committee (AEC), a grass roots community-based committee with representation from Batchewana First Nation, Garden River First Nation, the Indian Friendship Center, and the Ontario Metis and Aboriginal Association were instrumental in procuring the Native Student Counselor position at Algoma University and Sault College.  Two years later, the Aboriginal Peoples Council (now Anishinaabe Peoples Council) was established as a committee of the Algoma University’s Board of Governors.

APC has the mandate to represent the needs and aspirations of the Anishinaabe people and Anishinaabe students at Algoma University.  It provides advice on Anishinaabe academic, research, and support services; long range and annual action plans; the hiring of personnel; the development and recommendations of policies for the management of Anishinaabe support services and programs; as well as monitoring these funding initiatives.

It is composed of representation from the following First Nation and organizations:

Voting Members
  • Batchewana First Nation (Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians)   Christine Sayers
  • Garden River First Nation   Dianne Roach 
  • North Shore Tribal Council   Marnie Yourchuk
  • Indigenous Friendship Centre   Cathy Syrette
  • Metis Nation of Ontario   Shawna Hansen
  • Neech-ke-Wehn Homes   Tom Kakapshe
  • Shingwauk Anishinaabe Students Association (SASA)   Colter Assiniwai 
  • Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association   Lori Rainville
  • Algoma University Anishinaabe Alumni   Vacant
  • Historic SSM Metis Council    Mitch Case
Ex-Officio Representatives (Non-Voting Members)
  • President of Algoma University   Asima Vezina
  • Academic Dean   Donna Rogers
  • Chair of AU Board of Governors or Designate   David Nanang
  • Speaker of Senate or Designate   Laurie Bloomfield
  • Shingwauk Education Trust   Vacant