Dadibaajim Launch Hybrid Book Launch

  • October 23, 2021
  • 7:00pm CDT
  • McNally Robinson


Returning Home through Narrative

Helen Olsen Agger (Author)

Dadibaajim examines that history of encroaching settlement and dispossession as it reasserts the voices and presence of the Namegosibii Anishinaabeg too long ignored for the convenience of settler society.

Join Helen Agger for the launch of Dadibaajim: Returning Home Through Narrative. This event features a conversation with Jarvis Brownlie (Department of History, University of Manitoba).

The launch will be hosted live in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Grant Park and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

When Dedibaayaanimanook, was born in 1922, the community had limited contact with Euro-Canadian settlers and still lived throughout their territory according to seasonal migrations along agricultural, hunting, and fishing routes.

Dadibaajim narratives are of and from the land, born from experience and observation. Invoking this critical Anishinaabe methodology for teaching and learning, Helen Agger documents and reclaims the history, identity, and inherent entitlement of the Namegosibii Anishinaabeg to the care, use, and occupation of their Trout Lake homelands.


The author of Following Nimishoomis: The Trout Lake History of Dedibaayaanimanook Sarah Keesick Olsen, Helen Agger continues to document the narratives of her mother, Dedibaayaanimanook. She has a PhD in Native Studies from the University of Manitoba.

Host Dr. Jarvis Brownlie is a settler Canadian who teaches history at the University of Manitoba. His research focuses on settler colonialism in Canada, Crown-First Nation relations, treaties, and oral history. He has published widely on issues such as the Indian agent system, Indigenous rights and treaties, and racial discourses in Canada. He is currently involved in community-based, collaborative research with Cree communities in northern Manitoba on the impacts of hydro dams since the 1960s.

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