Project Profile:

Kiinawin Kawindomowin Story Nations


Description: Kiinawin Kawindomowin Story Nations is a digital storytelling collaboration based in Toronto, on the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. This land has long been governed by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. The website remediates the diary of a Toronto missionary-journalist named Frederick H. Du Vernet, who visited the Rainy River Ojibwe of Treaty 3 territory in the summer of 1898. Professor Pamela Klassen and a team of students from the University of Toronto work in consultation with staff, Elders, and community members of the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre of the Rainy River First Nations, located in Northwestern Ontario. Together, we have developed a digital edition of Du Vernet’s diary that you can read and listen to. The diary, and now the website, documents Ojibwe responses to Christianity through multimedia storytelling that spans the early Canadian colonial expansion of Treaty 3 territory into the present.


  • Pamela Klassen, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
  • Willie Wilson, Elder and former chief, Rainy River First Nations
  • Dorothy Medicine, Elder, Rainy River First Nations
  • Shishigo Gijig, Elder, Community engagement & Anishinaabemowin expert, Rainy River First Nations
  • Art Hunter, Historical consultant & Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre guide, Rainy River First Nations
  • Albert Hunter, Jr., Elder and former chief, Rainy River First Nations
  • Annie Heckman, Project Manager and Web Designer, University of Toronto
  • Sarina Simmons, Researcher, University of Toronto
  • Krista Barclay, Researcher, University of Toronto
  • Judith Ellen Brunton, Writer, Researcher, and Audio Technician, University of Toronto
  • Kyle Byron, Researcher and Photo Editor, University of Toronto
  • Gregory Peter Fewster, Editor of the Critical Digital Edition, University of Toronto
  • Keith Garrett, Writer, Researcher, and Content Curator, University of Toronto
  • Suzanne Van Geuns, Copy Editor and Design Consultant, University of Toronto
  • Magdalene Klassen, Researcher and Editor, Johns Hopkins University
  • Roxanne Korpan, Content Curator, University of Toronto
  • Christina Pasqua, Art and Visual Design, University of Toronto
  • Audrey Rochette, Indigenous Relations Consultant, University of Toronto
  • Katie Stoehr, Curriculum Resource Design, University of Toronto
  • Russell Turner, Researcher and Writer, Parks Canada
  • Valeria Vergani, Researcher, University of Toronto
  • Meaghan Weatherdon, Researcher and Writer, University of Toronto

Funders: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; SSHRC; the Religion and Diversity Project; the University of Toronto Excellence Award program; the Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto; Information & Instructional Technology, Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto; E.J. Pratt Library, Victoria College

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