Joshua Manitowabi

Assistant Professor

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Joshua Manitowabi (BA McMaster University, MA McMaster University, PhD ABD Brock University) is an assistant professor of Indigenous history. His research has centered on Indigenous histories and Indigenous education. Josh’s master’s thesis, It sometimes speaks to us: Decolonizing Education by Utilizing Our Elders’ Knowledge, explored the experiences and recommendations of elders in introducing Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods into the curricula of Anishinaabe schools. His doctoral dissertation, Anishinaabek Knowledge and Power on Manitoulin Island, is an ethnohistoric study of Odawa agency and perspectives regarding 18th and 19th century treaties made with the British Crown.

Josh’s publications include Wii Niiganabying (Looking Ahead): Rearticulating Indigenous Control of Education in the Turtle Island Journal of Indigenous Health and a review of Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City in the Canadian Journal for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. His current research project in collaboration with other Indigenous scholars is on the protection of water in First Nations communities. Josh has served as history consultant with Nelson Education on new primary and secondary education social studies textbooks and as a historical researcher and designer for Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute in conjunction with the Truth and Reconciliation Report request for a post-secondary course on treaties. Josh is a member of the Indigenous scholars’ Writers Circle with the First Nations with Schools Collective.

Josh’s scholarship interests are directed toward providing historical evidence for attaining equity in treaty interpretation and in economics, education, and healthcare. His interests also include using ethnohistory, critical cartography and Indigenous mapping in a re-examination of Pontiac’s War, the 1764 Treaty of Niagara, Indigenous participation in the War of 1812, and Indigenous peoples’ political movements that organized in opposition to European colonialism during the 18th century.

Josh is a Potawatomi, Bear clan, member of the Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation. He is the recipient of several awards. Among them are the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Award, Bluma Appel Award Scholarship, and the Harvey Longboat Major Scholarship. He is a past member of the Aboriginal Research Advisory Circle, and the President’s Advisory Committee on Human Rights, Equity, and Decolonization at Brock University.