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Anishinaabe Peoples’ Council

The Anishinaabe Peoples’ Council (APC) has a collective responsibility to represent the needs, interests and aspirations of the Anishinaabe (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) people and Anishinaabe students at all times.

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 Métis 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.

The APC functions function as a Board Committee on Anishinaabe (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) policy, on academic and support services, and therefore reports to the Board on such matters. The APC provides advice on the University’s Anishinaabe (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) academic and research, student support services, as well as long-range and annual action plans.

The APC consists of representatives, duly appointed through a resolution, from First Nations, the Métis community, Anishinaabe organizations and the Anishinaabe student body as listed below.

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
  • Vice President Academic and Research   Donna Rogers
  • Designate for the Chair of AU Board of Governors   Mike Nadeau
  • Speaker of Senate or Designate   Laurie Bloomfield
  • Shingwauk Education Trust   Vacant