Brent (Ahnungoonhs) Debassige

Anishinaabe of M’Chigeeng First Nation
Caribou Clan

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

Phone: 519-661-2111, ext. 88762

My experiences as an Ojibwe-Anishinaabe faculty member and applied Indigenous scholar have centered on developing specializations in the areas of Indigenous education, Indigenous research methodologies, and Indigenous knowledge. Collectively, these sources of knowledge provide a foundation for the decolonizing, anti-oppressive, and critically engaged approaches used in my teaching and research. The learning I gleaned over my lifetime as an Anishinaabe has helped me understand and nurture a deeply felt responsibility to Indigenous nationhood and resurgence movements in Indigenous education. My teaching within schooling environments often focuses on the themes of Indigenous well-being and explicating and deconstructing colonial systems of power and oppression, primarily as it occurs in North America. In my recent research and scholarship, I am engaged in supporting First Nations’ control of First Nations Education and, in 2016, I became one of the original contributors to the First Nations with Schools Collective.


Research Interests:

  • Decolonizing, Anti-Colonial and Critical Indigenous Pedagogies
  • First Nations Education
  • Indigenous Education
  • Indigenous Knowledge and Education
  • Indigenous Research Methodologies

Academic Research Cluster:

  • Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies


  • PhD, Education, York University