AUTHOR TALK: Dr. Brian D McInnes

Friday, March 17, 2023 at 7 pm

Huronia Museum Auditorium

549 Little Lake Park Road

Midland, Ontario

Event begins at 7 pm. Seats are limited and purcahsing your tickets in advance is recommended.

Light refreshments will be served.

Tickets available here!

Huronia Museum would like to thank the Canadian Museum of Water for sponsoring this event in part.

Huronia Museum is pleased to welcome Dr. Brian McInnes to discuss his book, Sounding Thunder, The Stories of Francis Pegahmagabow. Dr.McInnes, better known in the Anishinaabe community as Waabishki-makwa, proudly belongs to the Wasauksing First Nation. He is a great-grandson of Francis Pegahmagabow and an advocate for Indigenous land rights, language revitalization, and culture-based education. Brian presently serves as the Leola R Culver Professor of Philanthropy and Nonprofits at the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology. 

Francis Pegahmagabow (1889–1952), a member of the Ojibwe nation, was born in Shawanaga, Ontario. Enlisting at the onset of the First World War, he became the most decorated Canadian Indigenous soldier for bravery and the most accomplished sniper in North American military history. After the war, Pegahmagabow settled in Wasauksing, Ontario. He served his community as both chief and councillor and belonged to the Brotherhood of Canadian Indians, an early national Indigenous political organization. Francis proudly served a term as Supreme Chief of the National Indian Government, retiring from office in 1950. Francis Pegahmagabow’s stories describe many parts of his life and are characterized by classic Ojibwe narrative. They reveal aspects of Francis’s Anishinaabe life and worldview. Interceding chapters by Brian McInnes provide valuable cultural, spiritual, linguistic, and historic insights that give a greater context and application for Francis’s words and world. Presented in their original Ojibwe as well as in English translation, the stories also reveal a rich and evocative relationship to the lands and waters of Georgian Bay. In “Sounding Thunder”, Brian McInnes provides new perspective on Pegahmagabow and his experience through a unique synthesis of Ojibwe oral history, historical record, and Pegahmagabow family stories.