Who We Are
Board of Directors
- President/Treasurer, Ronat John
- Secretary, Jessie George
- Director, Stewart Bennett
- Director, Norm Tabobondung
Bob Rice is an Anishinaabe and member of the Wasauksing First Nation (located near Parry Sound, Ontario).
Bob has been the Executive Director of Ningwakwe Learning Press (NLP) since 2001. As the Executive Director, his primary responsibility has been to provide leadership and management to NLP in the development, promotion and distribution of culture-based Aboriginal learning materials. He has been instrumental in the distribution of over 100 NLP’s published materials throughout Canada, the USA and other international locations.
Bob is a former track and field athlete who competed in the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland. The same dedication he gave to running, he now gives to improving literacy in Aboriginal communities through NLP.
Bob studied Physical Education at the University of Ottawa and Native Studies at Laurentian University.
Bob currently resides in Owen Sound raising his 16-year-old daughter Genebugh-Rose and 12-year-old son Owen. When he isn’t working, he enjoys spending his spare time running, hiking and writing.
Ningwakwe (Priscilla) George
Ningwakwe George is the founder and namesake for Ningwakwe Learning Press. She is Anishnawbe from the Chippewas of Saugeen First Nation in Southern Ontario. Her Anishnawbe spirit name is Ningwakwe, which means Rainbow Woman. Ningwakwe firmly believes in the holistic approach to literacy and to life – balancing our spirit, heart, mind and body.
She has been involved in the education field for 35 years. Ningwakwe started in Native literacy in 1987 when she developed the literacy program at the Native Women’s Resource Centre in Toronto. She has been extremely instrumental in all avenues of cultural literacy development at the policy level for over 20 years in Canada.
She has been invited to all parts of Canada and the world – including Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Cuba, Spain and the U.S. (Hawaii and Georgia) to share her in depth knowledge of Indigenous literacy issues.