Lewis Debassige has been working with the Ojibwa Cultural Foundation since its inception in 1974. He is well known for his work as an activist and political advocate for Indigenous rights and education. As a member of the Union of Ontario Indians and the National Indian Brotherhood in the 1960s and 70s, Lewis took part in the rise of Indigenous political organizing and activism and was involved in the development of the influential 1970 "Citizens Plus" or "Red Paper" manifesto. He is also a co-author of the 1972 paper, "Indian Control of Indian Education." Lewis' advocacy work extends to his home community on Manitoulin Island where he has served as a teacher, education administrator, and as one of the founding directors of the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation. He has been hosting HIP Network field trips to Manitoulin Island for the last four years, and has presented in HIP Network workshops, notably as the inaugural Elder Event.
Light refreshments will be served.