Darren Courchene


  • Anishinaabe Spirituality
  • Oral History
  • Treaty Provisions and Promises

Darren Courchene, a citizen of the Sagkeeng First Nation, has attended both Red River College and the University of Winnipeg earning a diploma (Aboriginal Self-Government Administration), a Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Governance and Religious Studies), and a Master of Arts (Indigenous Governance).

He has worked in the field of oral history documentation for over five years in two major projects which explored the spirit and intent of the Treaty negotiations between the representatives of the Crown and Anishinaabe peoples – the Treaty One Oral History Project (Treaty One Protection and Implementation Office) and the Manitoba Treaties Oral History Project (Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba). The research he’s currently conducting incorporates oral, written, and archival sources to examine the traditional and contemporary roles and responsibilities of leadership in Anishinaabe Treaty making.

Darren has lectured on Treaty history, interpretation, negotiation, and implementation in national and international settings and is currently completing a PhD in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba.


Courchene, Darren. “Language as the Root of Ojibwe Knowledge.” Geez Magazine 39, no.1 (Fall 2015): 26-27.

Courchene, Darren. “Anishinaabe gaagiikidoo gaagii-bi-izhisemaagoowin.” Master’s thesis, University of Winnipeg, 2014.

Cook, Rebecca and Darren Courchene (eds.) Preventing and Eradicating Abuse of Our Children and Youth. Winnipeg: Manitoba Association of Friendship Centres, 2006.

Fontaine-Brightstar, Marilyn, Darren Courchene and Helen Hayden (eds.) Hear our Voices: An Anthology of Aboriginal Women Stories and Poetry. Winnipeg: Native Women’s Transition Centre, 2004.