Kimberley Debassige

Kimberley Debassige

Teaching Fellow


Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Arts and Science

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Research interests: Inclusionary Strategies & Indigenous Education/Inclusive Education, Indigenous knowledges and transformative practices, Experiential Education & Land Based Education through Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression and Decolonizing pedagogy and practice, Anishinaabemowin (Language of the Anishinaabeg)


Ph. D. (Candiate 1st year) – Faculty of Education, Queen’s University
M. Ed. (Candidate, final year) – Faculty of Education, Queen’s University
B. A. Hons. Native Studies – 2013, University of Sudbury, Laurentian University
B. Ed – 2015, ATEP Queen’s University
O.C.T. – 2015, Ontario College of Teachers


Teaching philosophy follows Turtle shell and Turtle shaker concepts as mino-bimaadiziwn. It is through seeing everything as connected that knowledge transfer happens. Through these concepts one can view the interrelatedness of Anishinaabemowin (Language) and Mino-bimaadiziwin (Action and Intent in doing or living a good life), Inaadiziwin (behaviour and values), Enawendiwin (relationship and responsibilities), Gidakiiminaan (relationship to land and creation), Izhichigewin (way of doing), Inendamowin (way of thinking), and Gikendaasowin (way of knowing).

Publications: Indigenous post-Graduate education: Intercultural perspectives: Chapter “I am part of creation: An Anishinaabe Graduate Student Reflection.” Information Age Publishing (2020)

This is my fourth year as a Teaching Fellow for the Department of Languages, Literatures, Cultures at Queen’s University. I have been teaching beginners Anishinaabemowin through an understanding of mino-bimaadiziwin and Anishinaabe dbaajmownan (narratives) and aadsookaanan (sacred stories).


ANSH 101: Beginning Anishinaabe Language and Culture I
ANSH 102: Beginning Anishinaabe Language and Culture II