Alan Corbiere wins the Governor General of Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal


I am delighted to announce that History doctoral candidate Alan Corbiere has won the Governor General of Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) for his work in developing the Anishinaabemowin Revival Program (for the Ojibwa language). For reference, see

The goal of the Anishinaabemowin Revival Program is to develop proficiency in conversational Anishinaabemowin in learners at Lakeview School on the M’Chigeeng Reserve on Manitoulin Island. The ARP has been recording community Elders, collating old stories in the original language, and rendering these into curricular resources, such as videos with transcripts and an app with illustrated children’s stories. For more information see


Here is a photo of Alan with the Governor General:

Back row: Alan Corbiere, Neil Debassige
Front row: Meme Lavall-Havard, Patrick Wedaase Madahbee, Josephine Mandamin, the Ontario’s Lieutenant-Governer Elizabeth Dowdeswell, and Autumn Pelter


Carolyn Podruchny