Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, President and Academic Dean
Della Anaquod is the President of Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig (SKG). Della is of First Nations ancestry and a member of the Muscowpetung Saulteaux First Nation. She has been an educator and she has worked in post-secondary sector for over 25 years. Her credentials include BAdmn, BA, JD, MBA, certificated mediator and Professional Director.
Della has served over ten years in several senior management positions. Previously, she was the Dean, School of Academic and Career Education for Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Della was responsible for thousands of students, a large complement of faculty and multi-million-dollar budgets, specialized programs and English language testing services. She was instrumental in SaskPoly achieving the highest Indigenous and newcomer enrollment of any post-secondary institution in Canada.
Additionally, Della served as the Chair of the Board of Governors of the First Nations University of Canada, among other entities. Over her career, she has held positions at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies, First Nations University of Canada and Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada. Throughout her life Della has kept abreast of the issues, opportunities and challenges facing Aboriginal people in Canada.
With her background in governance, senior management, public law, Indigenous institutions and teaching, Della is at the helm of bringing Shingwauk’s vision of a teaching lodge where the students are taught in a safe learning environment whereby, they might go back and teach their own people.
Very importantly, Della is leading SKG in the promotion of Truth and Reconciliation, preservation, protection of records history, language, culture of the Indigenous people, to support Anishinaabe identity and to promote community collaboration. Along with its sister institutions in the Indigenous Institute Consortium, SKG will play an essential role in Truth and Reconciliation.