Dr. Debby Wilson Danard
Dr. Debby Wilson Danard (PhD, MEd, BEd) is Anishinaabekwe traditional knowledge practitioner, visual and performance artist, lecturer, writer, water protector, life promotion ambassador and sturgeon clan member from Rainy River First Nation. Growing up, she was raised with her grandmother’s love and commitment to sharing traditional Anishinaabek teachings and way of life.
She has actively advanced traditional knowledge, Indigenous research and land as pedagogy, sovereignty and autonomy working with many urban and on-reserve communities and organizations, and several post-secondary institutions.
Debby is currently a Postdoctral Fellow at Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) with Dr. Angela-Mashford Pringle supporting the New Respect Cultural Safety Training.
In 2019-2021 she was awarded a University of Toronto Provost Postdoctoral Fellows for Black and Indigenous Scholars to expand the work of her original doctoral research, “Medicine Wheel Surviving Suicide-Strengthening Life Bundle” (2016) that focuses on traditional knowledge as a way tried and true (evidence informed practice) to mobilize life promotion community bundles.
Responding to the pandemic, Debby initiated the raising of the Mother Earth Learning Lodge located at New College Quad at the University of Toronto as an opportunity to connect to learning on the land and create space for engaging Indigenous knowledge/teachings/ceremony as an essential aspect of learning.
She is the owner of Union Star Consulting Life Teachings Lodge and Matriarch of indigipedia.ca #uncededknowledge.