Monique Waaseginiwikwe “Waase” Paulson

Monique Waaseginiwikwe “Waase” Paulson

Early Childhood Education Instructor

Tribal Affiliation:
Gaa-Waabaabiganikaag (White Earth Nation)

Waaseginiwikwe (Monique Paulson), daughter of Niizhoobines (Raymond) and Audrey Paulson, grand-daughter of Aandegoons (Susanna Bellecourt) and Pat Paulson, is ajijaak clan (crane).  Her home community is Gaawaabaabiganikaag (White Earth).  She has been active in the Ojibwe language and culture revitalization community as an accomplished language learner and teacher for over fifteen years. It was through language activism that Waase first became involved in early childhood education.  As a licensed early childhood teacher, with a MEd focused on indigenous language revitalization, Waaseginiwkwe is uniquely aware of the challenges of educating our children as Anishinaabe individuals with strong identities, language and cultural knowledge.


BS Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin, Superior, 2015
M.Ed Education, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN 2008

BA. History, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN 1997

Research & Experience :
Tribal Research Center Virtual Learning Circles: Indigenous Land Based Learning in Early Childhood Settings 2022
Tribal Nations Early Learning Language Summit “Strengthening Tribal Nations through Language Learning”. 2019
Gaa-onwaa’injig Ojibwe Immersion Conference 2017 “Building Language Capacity and Community Buy-in for a Broader Community-based Ojibwemowin Language Revitalization Movement.”

Adjunct Faculty, LCOOCC 2010

Courses Taught:
Speaking Ojibwe
Early Childhood Growth and Development 
The Exceptional Child: Children with Special Needs
Creative Activities for Children
Relations and Management in Child Development
Infant and Toddler Development
Children, Families, and Communities
Preschool Practicum