Debajehmujig Storytellers

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Address: 43 Queen Street, Manitowaning, ON, P0P1N0


Phone No.: (705) 859-1820

Services Offered: Mentorship & Professional Development, Producing & Creation, Advocacy

Organization Type: Non-profit

Debajehmujig Storytellers is multi disciplinary arts organization dedicated to the revitalization of the Anishnaabek culture, language and heritage.

Debajehmujig was the first – and remains the only – professional theatre company located on a Reserve in Canada. The organization was founded by Shirlee Cheechoo, Blake Debassige and a group of like-minded colleagues in the summer of 1984 in West Bay (M’Chigeeng First Nation) Manitoulin Island, Ontario. In August of 1989, the company moved to Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, where it’s headquarters remains to this day.

We create original work based on an Anishnaabag/Chippewa Nation worldview and builds bridges between cultures, generations, and territories. We also support the development of Aboriginal artists in remote rural areas as well as cities.  Since 2009, we have operated a purpose-built multi-arts centre in downtown Manitowaning.

    Priority Community: Indigenous artists

    Communities Organization Self-Identifies With: Indigenous artists

    Artistic Discipline: Any or All Disciplines

    Province/Territory Service is Provided: Ontario

    Region: Northern Ontario (Parry Sound, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Cochrane)

    Language: English (Anglaise), Indigenous Languages

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