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A new online encyclopedia will be a hub of Indigenous teachings – The Star

Oct. 25, 2021

Debby Wilson Danard holds up a white hardcover book — it has a simple pencil illustration and the title in a stock serifed font reads “The sacred scrolls of the Southern Ojibway.”

It looks unassuming, but the 1975 anthropology book holds a lot of teachings and knowledge, explains Danard, who is Anishinaabe and a member of Manitou Rapids, Rainy River First Nations.

“I wanted this book for a really long time. But it’s US$1,400,” she says. She got a copy from the University of Toronto, where she is an instructor, and kept it.

Danard is a traditional teacher, and since she was a teenager she has travelled across Ontario meeting with different communities. As a Sixties Scoop survivor and “a bit of a troubled teenager,” she says traditions and knowledge saved her life.

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