Edna Manitowabi

Edna is Odawa/Ojibway from Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island. She is well-known nationally as a Traditional teacher, ceremonialist, drum keeper and grandmother. She has been instrumental in the re-introduction of Traditional teachings and ceremonies in the local area, and is an active researcher of Traditional medicines. Edna is the founder of the annual Aboriginal women’s symposium at Trent. It was through her vision that Indigenous Studies and Trent started Nozhem Theatre, our Indigenous performance space that is developing an international reputation in Indigenous theatre and dance performance.


Always a strong and appreciative supporter of Aboriginal Arts over the years she has also served as the Traditional Cultural Director for The Native Theatre School, The Centre  for Indigenous Theatre, the Banff Aboriginal Dance Program  and acted/performed  in several theatrical productions beginning in 1994 with her first role in Drew Hayden Taylor’s play Someday,  in which she was able to incorporate her experience as a Residential School Survivor.