About Irene Friesen Wolfstone

Irene Friesen Wolfstone, PhD, lives in Pinawa–a small forest community in the Canadian Shield and traditional territory of the Ojibwe First Nation, with whom we live in a treaty relationship. An ancient culture that predates the Ojibwe left signs on the land of their deep respect for Earth as Mother. Living with sacred land has changed me. My academic work is motivated by deep concern for my grandchildren’s future with planet Earth, who is suffering from Anthropogenic Climate Change. My research seeks to understand how we got into this mess, how we can collectively recover wholeness, and how we can reTurn to regenerative cultures.

Short Bio: Irene Friesen Wolfstone, PhD, lives in the Whiteshell Forest in the Canadian Shield. Living in a round house helps her to think outside the box. Motivated by concern for her grandchildren’s future, she researches climate change adaptations, particularly how anthropocentric humans can transition to becoming ecocentric.  – 50 –

Land Acknowledgement

I respectfully acknowledge that by living in Treaty 1 territory, I have a treaty relationship with the Anishinaabeg, Anishininewuk (Oji-Cree), Dakota Oyate, Denesuline and Nehethowuk (Cree) nations. I acknowledge that the Homeland of the Red River Métis is located in Manitoba and that northern Manitoba includes Lands that were settled by the Inuit.

 Academia.edu website holds published and unpublished papers


 Recent Publications

Wolfstone, I. F. (forthcoming 2024). ReStorying matricultures. Book chapter in Ehaab. D. Abdou & Theodore G. Zervas (Eds.), Ancient and Indigenous Wisdom Traditions in the Americas: Towards More Balanced Curricular Representations and Classroom Practices Forewords by W. F. Pinar and G. S. Dei. Routledge.  

The Sojourner Collective (I. F. Wolfstone, M. Korlak, L. Wakeman, & M. L. Chown) (2022). Deep listening. Book chapter in A.J. Farrell, C. L. Skyhar, & M. Lam (Eds.), Teaching in the Anthropocene: Education in the face of environmental crisis (pp. 240-255). Canadian Scholars’ Press.

Wolfstone, I. F. (2020). Sharing economies and Indigenous matricultures in the Land now called Canada. Canadian Woman Studies 34(1-2), 13-18. Special issue on The maternalist gift economy: The hidden alternative to patriarchy and capitalism.


Institute of Archaeomythology

Association for the Study of Women and Mythology

Council of Canadians


10 Responses to About Irene Friesen Wolfstone

  1. Dawn Work-MaKinne says:

    Irene, I was so touched by your presentation at our ASWM panel on Saturday. Would you be willing to share your PowerPoint with me? I would like to use it as a jumping off point to begin stretching my mind in some new directions! Bright and deep blessings, Dawn

    • Irene Friesen Wolfstone says:

      Hi Dawn. Thank you for your kind comments. Look for an email from wolfston@…with my presentation. I so enjoyed your presentation on Hildegard as Wisdom Keeper. It was delightful to hear a chorus of women in our audience repeating the Latin words after you played the music clip. I recommend an extraordinary CD of her music titled “The Origin of Fire”by Anonymous (2005 http://www.harmoniamundi.com). It explores her theme of “Fiery Spirit”.

  2. Lynne says:

    Irene, I always enjoy reading your thoughts.

  3. Rifa Hodgson says:

    Dear Irene,
    I hope you and yours are all right in this turbulent time.
    It has been more than three years since we exchange emails.
    I have been thinking of you and how gently and uneventfully we drifted apart.
    I hope we could connect again at this point of our lives.

    Looking forward to hear from you.

    • Irene Friesen Wolfstone says:

      Hi Rifa. Thank you for reconnecting us. I have been on a six-year journey to complete a PhD and will soon be posting articles related to my studies on adapting to climate change. I hope you are well. Irene

  4. Jaime says:

    Loved your article on Mnajdra. Such a beautiful place with an even more fascinating history. Thank you for your research and perspective, which has provided new inspiration and direction for my painting series on Mnajdra.

    • Irene Friesen Wolfstone says:

      Hi Jaime. I am sorry for taking so long to reply. My doctoral dissertation is now complete so I have come up for air. Yes – Malta has a fascinating history. You are welcome to post a link to your painting series on Mnajdra. On my last visit, I took photos at Tas Silg, but I have not yet written the article to accompany them. Best, Irene

  5. Tanis says:

    Hello, I also live in Pinawa and wanted to clarify the LGD of Pinawa is on Treaty 3 territory and borders Treaty One (across the 211 apparently according to a local scholar), it is indeed the territory of the Anishinaabe and Ininiw, as well as home to Métis communities. I’m curious about your statement in your bio, specifically the reference to an ancient culture that predates the Anishinaabe. What culture is this that you refer to? I’m also a student so I am always researching and after moving here I corrected the origin story of the place name (it is Anishinaabemowin in origin and means sheltered place – Debinawaa). I look forward to meeting one day, take care.

    “Pinawa is located in Treaty 1 territory, traditionally inhabited by Ojibwe First Nation. An ancient culture that predates the Ojibwe left signs on this land with whom I live – signs of their deep respect for Earth as Mother.”

    • Irene Friesen Wolfstone says:

      Hello Tanis. My apologies for taking a year to reply. I have been working on a large research project which is now complete. I look forward to meeting you. Regarding a culture that predates the Ojibwe, I refer to the culture that created the petroforms, which are dated to ~2000 years before today. Irene

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