Dan Thomas is one of two Elders in Residence for Seven Oaks School Division. He descends from grandparents from Sagkeeng Anishinaabe Nation and Traverse Bay Metis Community.
Dan worked as a teacher, as a Consultant for Manitoba Education, and a Specialist for Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Center. He is currently an Elder instructor for the University of Winnipeg Masters in Indigenous Governance – Pathways to Indigenous Wisdom and the UWinnipeg Faculty of Education. He is also an Elder in Residence at the University of Winnipeg Aboriginal Student Centre. He has authored a number of documents, videos and other educational materials for the province of Manitoba and for First Nations.
As a ceremonial leader in the Indigenous community Dan conducts Midewiwin ceremonies and an Ojibwe Sundance. He has conducted sweatlodge ceremonies for 35 years. He carries a Little Boy Water Drum and sits with a Grandfather Waterdrum.
He is honoured to work with the students and staff of Seven Oaks School Division. He is excited to work with a Division that honours and respects the diversity of its students, and is especially thankful to see the Ojibwe classrooms in action.