Dr. Debby Wilson Danard PhD, MEd, BEd.

Dr. Deb is Anishinaabekwe, sturgeon clan member of Rainy River First Nation. She is a multidisciplinary artist and social, justice education scholar who  engages Anishinaabe knowledge systems and land-based learning to expand individual and collective community Indigenous visual (sensory) cultural expression and advance cultural literacy.

Dr. Deb was recently awarded a 2019 University of Toronto Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Women and Gender Studies.  She is writing her first book, that engages both graphic and creative narrative to re-interpret her original doctoral research, “Medicine Wheel Surviving Suicide-Strengthening Life Bundle” (2016) (URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/76419)


She has actively advanced traditional knowledge and Indigenous research with many urban (Friendship Centres, MNO, COO, BANAC) and on-reserve (Zhingwaako Za-iganing, Mnjinkaning) communities and organizations, and several post-secondary institutions. 

As a leader for change, Dr. Deb strengthens life from the heart of Indigenous identity, sovereignty and autonomy as an evolving, creative, and living continuum of knowing and being.​