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Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair




Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe and originally from St. Peter’s (Little Peguis) Indian Settlement near Selkirk, Manitoba. He is an award-winning writer, editor and activist who was named one of Monocle Magazine‘s “Canada’s Top 20 Most Influential People” and he won the 2018 Canadian columnist of the year at the National Newspaper Awards for his bi-weekly columns in The Winnipeg Free Press. His creative work can be found in books such as The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, newspapers like The Guardian, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. He is also the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (Highwater Press, 2011), Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press, 2013) and The Winter We Danced: the Past, the Future and the Idle No More Movement (Arbeiter Ring Press, 2014). Currently at the University of Manitoba, Niigaan teaches courses in Indigenous literatures, cultures, histories, and politics and is a proud Treaty One member.


Evans, Karlee Sapoznik, Anne Lindsay, and Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair. 2023. “‘Forced to Work ‘Too Hard’: A Case Study of Forced Child Labour and Slavery in Manitoba’s Indian Residential Schools”. At The Forks 1 (1). https://ojs.lib.umanitoba.ca/index.php/forks/article/view/921.,

Sinclair, Niigaanwewidam James. 2022. “History Is Not Objective – Never Has Been, Never Will Be.” Canadian Issues, 58–62.,

Sinclair, Niigaan. 2019. “Racism Intertwined with 1919 Strike.” Winnipeg Free Press, May 14, 2019. https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/special/strike100/racism-intertwined-with-1919-strike-509936292.html.

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