Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is a graduate of the Native American Literatures program at the University of Oklahoma, and he holds a PhD from the Department of English at the University of British Columbia. His dissertation was on Anishnaabeg Literary History. Niigaan is originally from Ste. Peter’s (Little Peguis) First Nation in Manitoba, Canada and currently lives in Winnipeg. His creative work has appeared in Prairie Fire and Tales from Moccasin Avenue: An Anthology of Native Stories while his scholarly work will appear in three upcoming critical texts with Broadview Press, Michigan State University Press, and Wilfred Laurier Press. In 2009, he co-edited (with Renate Eigenbrod) a special double-issue of The Canadian Journal of Native Studies (#29.1&2) on “Responsible, Ethical, and Indigenous-Centred Literary Criticisms of Indigenous Literatures.” In addition to being a father, he also writes a monthly column entitled Birchbark Bitings in Urban NDN, Winnipeg’s alternative Aboriginal newspaper.
To see a video clip of Niigaanwewidam’s summer 2012 course at the University of Manitoba, entitled “Super Savages and Aboriginal Images in Graphic Novels,” click HERE.
CCWOC wishes to congratulate Niigaanwewidam for jointly winning the 2012 On the Same Page competition for the book Manitowapow, which was co-edited by Niigaanwewidam and CCWOC's Director, Warren Cariou.