Dr. Brian McInnes

Trustee

Brian McInnes, Duluth, Minn., is an engaged community member, dedicated to diversity education, environmental awareness, youth engagement, Indigenous language and American Indian traditions and leadership.  He is an enrolled member of the Wasauksing First Nation.

Among many projects, Brian leads the Minnesota Indigenous Youth Freedom Project, an initiative spurred by participants in the Blandin Foundation-convened American Indian Youth Summit in 2006.  He is assistant professor in University of Minnesota Duluth’s Department of Education, where he teaches in doctoral, secondary, early childhood, special education and master’s programs.  Other projects include the Enweyang Language Nest, the Minisinaakwaang Leadership Academy, and the Maawanjii’idiwag program.

Brian holds the Ed.D degree from University of Minnesota Duluth, Masters of Environmental Studies from York University (Toronto, Canada), Bachelors in Education from Lakehead University (Thunder Bay, Canada) and the Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies from Trent University (Peterborough, Canada).