Drs Sarah Pashagumskum & Stephen Inglis

On May 1st of this year, Dr. Stephen Inglis will conclude his term as Executive Director of Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute. An experienced museum specialist at the national and international level, Dr. Inglis joined the Aanischaaukamikw project in early 2010.  He was instrumental in the development of the building, the collections, exhibitions, staffing, policy development, and the operations as the museum and cultural centre began delivering services.

With the help of Stephen Inglis as Executive Director in the last 5 years, we have accomplished the start up of the Cree Cultural Institute.  Aanischaaukamikw owes a great deal to Stephen for his expertise and diligence in this work.  We highly commend his personal performance and achievements in his own right and as an excellent colleague, in our collective endeavors to protect and enhance the rich culture of the Cree Nation.  For his tireless commitment, we will be eternally grateful.

Dr. Sarah Pashagumskum, an education specialist who is currently Director of Programs at Aanischaaukamikw, will succeed Stephen Inglis. Originally from the Cree community of Chisasibi, Dr. Pashagumskum has experience in teaching, research, writing and programme development with both her home community and the Cree School Board.  Sarah has a Ph.D in Educational Studies from Lakehead University.

Since 2011, Sarah Pashagumskum has managed both the museum functions and the programs at Aanischaaukamikw and has guided the outreach to the Cree communities and to other Canadian and international institutions that are so critical to the future of the Institute. Her management experience and organizational skills have been invaluable to the progress made at Aanischaaukamikw.

We look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration with Sarah as we build up Aanischaaukamikw’s capacity to preserve and study our Cree culture, history and language for the benefit of all in Eeyou Istchee, our neighbours and all Canadians.

Abel Bosum


Dianne Ottereyes Reid


Dianne Ottereyes Reid

Dianne Ottereyes Reid has stepped down as President of Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute after more than two decades as one of the key leaders in the development of the organization.  Dianne took Aanischaaukamikw from the vision of our elders to the thriving Cree museum and cultural showpiece of today.

For everyone who knows her Dianne is a driving force, and she has used her fearless commitment and energy to build up Aanischaaukamikw as the regional Cree cultural entity for the benefit of all in Eeyou Istchee.

Besides the Anischaaukamikw building and the organizational structure, Dianne has left a precious legacy of hiring the best experts in Eeyou Istchee and beyond, to create and form the long-term staff of Aanischaaukamikw.

I would like thank Dianne for her incredible work and congratulate her on the great success that she has made of Aanischaaukamikw.

Abel Bosum, President