Isaac Murdoch

Isaac Murdoch

Sudbury, Ontario
Indigenous Wisdom Keeper, Storyteller, Author and Singer/Song Writer - Inspiring Change through Art
Isaac Murdoch is a renowned indigenous artist and activist who shares the wisdom and culture of First Nations through powerful storytelling. He is a highly regarded indigenous storyteller and indigenous keynote speaker celebrated for his unwavering dedication to social justice, environmental conservation, and the preservation of First Nations culture and wisdom. With his exceptional ability to captivate audiences through his poignant stories and motivational keynotes and messages, Isaac has earned recognition throughout North America. Apart from his speaking engagements, Isaac is also a skilled artist, educator, and consultant. He has been a valuable asset as a guest speaker, to various organizations, advising them on integrating indigenous knowledge and practices into their operations.
  • Change Management
  • Communications
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Health & Wellness
  • Mental Health
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Academia
  • Agriculture & Farming
  • All Staff Meeting
  • Associations & Unions
  • Award Galas & After Dinner
  • Awareness Days
  • Board Meetings & Strategic Advisory
  • Campus & University Speakers

ISAAC MURDOCH BIOGRAPHY

Isaac Murdoch is a highly respected indigenous storyteller and keynote speaker whose work has earned him recognition throughout North America. He is known for his passionate advocacy for social justice and environmental preservation, as well as his commitment to preserving indigenous culture and knowledge. As an influential speaker, Isaac inspires audiences with his compelling stories and motivational message.

Isaac’s work as a renowned artist, powerful storyteller, and educator. He has also served as a consultant for various organizations, helping them to integrate indigenous knowledge and practices into their work. Isaac Murdoch has worked with a wide range of clients, from schools and universities to government agencies and non-profit organizations. His ability to connect with diverse audiences has made him a sought-after speaker and consultant.

Isaac Murdoch holds a degree in Indigenous Environmental Science from Trent University, as well as a diploma in Chemical Dependency Counseling from Confederation College. He is also certified as a teacher of the Ojibwe language and is a traditional knowledge keeper. Isaac’s education and experience make him a credible and respected voice in the indigenous community.

Isaac Murdoch is an expert in indigenous knowledge and practices, as well as environmental advocacy and social justice issues. He has extensive experience in storytelling and is skilled in engaging audiences with his compelling narratives. Isaac is also adept at facilitating workshops and training sessions, helping organizations to integrate indigenous practices and perspectives into their work.

Isaac’s work has earned him numerous awards and recognition. Isaac Murdoch’s art has been exhibited in galleries throughout North America.

Isaac Murdoch, also known as Manzinapkinegego’anaabe / Bombgiizhik, is from Nimkii Aazhibikong First Nation. He is of the Fish Clan and is Ojibwe. He has four beautiful children. He currently lives in the forest at Nimkii Aazhibikong, an Indigenous community that focuses on Indigenous language, art, and land-based activities.

Being blessed with the opportunity, Bomgiizhik (Isaac Murdoch) grew up in the traditional setting of hunting and gathering on the land. Having spent many years learning from Elders, he spends a lot of his time as a Story Teller. Many of these stories become his visual art pieces which have become recognized world wide. Bomgiizhik (Isaac Murdoch) is also a Singer-Songwriter who loves to make music when ever he gets a chance. You will often find him on the land looking at his favorite plants or gazing into the beautiful night sky.

Isaac Murdoch is a gifted indigenous speaker whose work has inspired audiences throughout North America. His deep knowledge of indigenous culture and traditions, combined with his passion for social justice and environmental preservation, make him a valuable asset to any organization or event. Whether he is speaking to a room full of students or advising a government agency, Isaac’s expertise and experience make him a trusted and respected voice in his field.

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The Jas Johal Show

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A Day to Listen: Isaac Murdoch / Bombgiizhik
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Not Invisible: Native Peoples on the Frontlines

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Episode 21: Isaac Murdoch
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A Day To Listen - Isaac Murdoch/Bombgiizhik

Isaac Murdoch Topic Presentations

anishinaabe oral history - sharing stories and knowledge

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • Isaac Murdoch will share the rich tradition of Anishinaabe oral history and the importance of storytelling as a means of sharing knowledge and preserving culture. He will discuss the role of storytelling in Anishinaabe culture, the different types of stories that exist, and how they are used to teach and pass down important cultural values and traditions.

    Through personal anecdotes and traditional storytelling, Isaac will highlight the relevance and importance of Anishinaabe oral history in contemporary times, and how it can be used as a tool for healing, empowerment, and social change. Participants can engage in interactive discussions, ask questions, and gain a deeper understanding of Anishinaabe oral history and its significance in contemporary Indigenous cultures.

    This topic is suitable for educators, students, community leaders, and anyone interested in learning more about Indigenous cultures, storytelling, and the importance of preserving cultural heritage. By the end of the session, participants will have a greater appreciation for the power of storytelling and its transformative potential to connect people and foster cross-cultural understanding.

indigenous ways of knowing - reconnecting with nature and spirit

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  • Isaac Murdoch will lead an engaging and thought-provoking session on Indigenous ways of knowing, and the vital role that reconnecting with nature and spirit plays in our lives. Drawing from his extensive knowledge of Indigenous culture, traditions, and environmental advocacy, Isaac will guide participants on a journey toward a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of all living things.

    Through storytelling, interactive discussions, and guided activities, Isaac will highlight the importance of Indigenous ways of knowing as a means of fostering a deeper connection with the natural world, and how it can lead to greater spiritual fulfillment, emotional well-being, and a sense of purpose. Participants will learn how to incorporate Indigenous knowledge and practices into their own lives, and how to apply these principles to promote social justice and environmental preservation.

    This session is suitable for anyone interested in learning more about Indigenous ways of knowing and the importance of reconnecting with nature and spirit. By the end of the session, participants will have gained valuable insights and practical tools that they can use to live a more meaningful, connected, and fulfilling life through the Indigenous lens.

traditional ecological knowledge - connecting to land and water

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  • Isaac Murdoch will share his deep knowledge and understanding of Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and how it can be used as a means of fostering a deeper connection to the land and water. Through storytelling, interactive discussions, and guided activities, Isaac will guide participants on a journey towards a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of all living things and how Traditional Ecological Knowledge can provide a framework for sustainable living.

    Isaac will discuss how Traditional Ecological Knowledge is rooted in Indigenous cultures and values, and how it offers a unique perspective on how humans can interact with the environment in a harmonious and respectful way. Participants will learn about the importance of preserving traditional knowledge and practices, and how it can be used to promote environmental stewardship, biodiversity conservation, and social justice.

    This session is suitable for anyone interested in learning more about Traditional Ecological Knowledge and its relevance in contemporary society. By the end of the session, participants will have gained valuable insights and practical tools that they can use to connect with the land and water in a more meaningful, sustainable, and respectful way.

cultural heritage preservation - honoring our ancestors and traditions

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • In this dynamic and engaging session, Isaac Murdoch will share his vast knowledge and experience in preserving cultural heritage. The session will focus on the importance of honoring our ancestors and traditions, and how we can use cultural heritage preservation as a means of promoting social justice and empowering communities.

    Isaac will draw on his expertise as a traditional knowledge keeper to explore the different approaches and practices of preserving cultural heritage. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the significance of traditional knowledge, practices, and ceremonies in contemporary Indigenous cultures, and how they can be utilized for personal growth, healing, and empowerment.

    The session will feature a range of activities and exercises designed to deepen participants’ understanding of cultural heritage preservation. Isaac will share personal anecdotes and stories to illustrate the importance of cultural heritage in Indigenous communities, and to inspire participants to actively promote and preserve their own cultural traditions and values.

    This session is suitable for anyone interested in preserving cultural heritage and learning about its importance. By the end of the session, participants will have gained valuable insights and practical tools that they can use to honor their ancestors, preserve their cultural heritage, and promote social justice in their communities.

social justice and environmental activism - advocating for change

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • In this inspiring and insightful session, Isaac Murdoch will share his passion for social justice and environmental activism, and how we can advocate for change to create a better world for future generations. Drawing on his vast experience as an Indigenous environmental activist, educator, and artist, Isaac will highlight the importance of taking action to address environmental issues and social injustices.

    Isaac will inspire participants to think critically about the interconnectedness of environmental issues and social justice, and how they can use their voice and actions to advocate for positive change. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the systemic issues that contribute to social and environmental problems, and how they can work towards creating more equitable and sustainable communities.

    Isaac will share personal stories and examples of successful activism to illustrate the power of collective action in creating positive change. Participants will also learn practical tools and strategies for advocating for change, such as effective communication, community organizing, and policy advocacy.

    This session is suitable for anyone interested in social justice, environmental activism, and creating positive change. By the end of the session, participants will be inspired and equipped with the knowledge and tools to take meaningful action toward creating a more just and sustainable world.

art as a tool for social change - creativity and resistance

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  • In this dynamic and inspiring session, Isaac Murdoch will explore the role of art as a tool for social change, and how creativity can be harnessed as a means of resistance against systemic oppression. Drawing on his experience as a renowned artist and Indigenous environmental activist, Isaac will guide participants on a journey towards a deeper understanding of the transformative power of art in creating positive social change.

    Through interactive discussions, guided activities, and examples of his own art, Isaac will highlight the unique capacity of art to inspire and challenge people, and how it can be used to promote social justice and environmental preservation. Participants will learn about the intersection of art and activism, and how they can use their own creativity to advocate for positive change.

    Isaac will share his personal stories and experiences to illustrate the importance of art as a tool for social change, and how it can be used to amplify the voices of marginalized communities. Participants will gain practical tools and strategies for using art as a means of resistance, such as public art installations, street art, and multimedia campaigns.

    This session is suitable for artists, activists, educators, students, and anyone interested in exploring the transformative potential of art in creating positive social change. By the end of the session, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to use their own creativity to advocate for social justice, environmental preservation, and positive change in their communities.

indigenous inclusion - fostering understanding and building bridges

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • In this enlightening and thought-provoking session, Isaac Murdoch will share his insights and expertise on Indigenous inclusion and how we can build more inclusive communities that respect and honor Indigenous cultures and perspectives. Drawing on his extensive experience as a traditional knowledge keeper, educator, and artist, Isaac will guide participants on a journey towards a deeper understanding of Indigenous cultures and traditions.

    Through interactive discussions and guided activities, participants will explore the history of Indigenous exclusion and colonization, and how it has impacted Indigenous communities. Participants will also learn about the importance of Indigenous inclusion in promoting cross-cultural understanding, social justice, and environmental preservation.

    Isaac will share his personal stories and experiences to illustrate the significance of Indigenous inclusion in contemporary society. Participants will gain practical tools and strategies for promoting Indigenous inclusion, such as incorporating Indigenous knowledge and practices into their work and daily lives, and advocating for Indigenous rights and sovereignty.

    This session is suitable for educators, students, community leaders, and anyone interested in fostering a more inclusive and respectful society. By the end of the session, participants will have gained valuable insights and practical tools that they can use to build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, promote cross-cultural understanding, and advocate for Indigenous inclusion in all aspects of society.

access and services for first nation communities - advocating for equity and empowerment

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • In this insightful and impactful session, Isaac Murdoch will examine the challenges and barriers that First Nation communities face in accessing essential services and resources, and how advocacy can promote equity and empowerment. Drawing on his extensive experience as an Indigenous environmental activist and educator, Isaac will guide participants on a journey towards a deeper understanding of the systemic issues that contribute to the lack of access and services in many First Nation communities.

    Participants will explore the root causes of the problem, as well as practical solutions and strategies for advocating for change. Participants will also learn about the importance of community empowerment, self-determination, and Indigenous sovereignty in addressing systemic issues.

    Isaac will share his own experiences and knowledge of successful advocacy campaigns to illustrate the transformative potential of collective action. Participants will gain practical tools and strategies for advocating for access and services, such as community organizing, policy advocacy, and effective communication.

    This session is suitable for community leaders, educators, students, and anyone interested in advocating for access and services for First Nation communities. By the end of the session, participants will have gained a deeper understanding of the systemic issues that contribute to the lack of access and services, and will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to advocate for change and promote equity and empowerment in their communities.

empowering indigenous youth and spirit - building stronger communities

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  • In this impactful and inspiring session, Isaac Murdoch will focus on the role of Indigenous youth in promoting community empowerment and how their spirit and energy can be harnessed to create positive change. Drawing on his extensive experience as a traditional knowledge keeper, educator, and artist, Isaac will guide Indigenous youth on a journey towards a deeper understanding of their place in contemporary Indigenous cultures and their responsibility to their communities.

    Isaac will emphasize the importance of community, responsibility, and leadership in Indigenous cultures. Participants will learn how they can embody these values in their daily lives and use them to create positive change in their communities. He share his own experiences and insights to illustrate the importance of Indigenous youth in promoting social justice, environmental preservation, and community empowerment. Participants will gain practical tools and strategies for promoting community empowerment, such as traditional knowledge, activism, and community organizing.

    This session is suitable for Indigenous youth, educators, community leaders, and anyone interested in empowering the next generation of Indigenous leaders. By the end of the session, participants will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to create positive change in their communities, build stronger relationships, and inspire others to do the same.

Testimonials

Isaac Murdoch’s presence at our Orange Shirt Day assembly was transformative. As an Indigenous Knowledge keeper, he skillfully wove narratives, emphasizing unity and collaboration. Murdock’s storytelling, in both Ojibwe and English, captivated the audience, fostering a profound connection. As an Indigenous Knowledge keeper and storyteller, Isaac effortlessly wove narratives that hold deep learnings that connected us all together, reminding us of the importance of unity and collaboration in overcoming the challenges of our shared history. Through his genuine, calm and compassionate nature, he imparted invaluable lessons, emphasizing the need for mutual understanding and respect...

Katie Young

Acting Director of Experiential Learning
Holy Trinity School

Articles & Media

An Interview with Bomgiizhik Isaac Murdoch

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Bomgiizhik Isaac Murdoch, many, many thanks for taking the time to speak with us today and answer our questions about your latest collection of historical Ojibwe/Anishinaabe stories, Serpents and Other Spiritual Beings. The cover for Serpents and Other Spiritual Beings, by Issac Murdoch. A vibrant...
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Painting with climate change message takes shape at MacEwan University’s Indigenous centre

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A pair of renowned Indigenous artists are working on a large painting that will grace a wall at MacEwan University’s kihêw waciston Indigenous Centre. Even though it will live in the heart of oil country, the piece is aimed at sending a blunt message about climate change and the threat to...
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Isaac Murdoch tells stories of restoring balance with the land

Anishinabek News

NIMKII AAZHIBIKONG — Connecting with the land and following the natural laws will restore balance, says renowned artist Isaac Murdoch. Murdoch is a keynote speaker at the Toronto International Storytelling Festival May 6-15. Of the the fish clan and from Serpent River First Nation, Murdoch is...
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‘Everything is alive and has a spirit’ says storyteller Isaac Murdoch

Anishinabek News

TORONTO — Serpent River storyteller Isaac Murdoch shared stories about the cycles of life, climate change, and magic during the three events he participated in at the Toronto International Storytelling Festival. He shared stories in his Bomgiizhik, Indigenous Storytelling session on May 12 and in...
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Red Nation Talk

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Interview with Isaac Murdoch. Renowned visual artist and storyteller. He talks about Land Back.
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National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education

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Balance of Life Isaac Murdoch
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Lakehead University

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Isaac Murdoch Winter Storytelling: Indigenous Student Services Centre January 27, 2021
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Books

Serpents and Other Spiritual Beings
Serpents and Other Spiritual Beings
Serpents and Other Spiritual Beings is a collection of traditional Ojibwe/Anishinaabe stories transcribed directly from Murdoch’s oral storytelling, preserving the style and rhythm of the storyteller’s voice. These are stories of tradition, history, morality and object lessons, involving...
The Trail of Nenaboozhoo
The Trail of Nenaboozhoo
“The Trail of Nenaboozhoo is a remarkable and powerful collection of sacred Ojibwe creation stories that tell of a legendary past in which Nenaboozhoo, the creator spirit of Ojibwe legend, along with various beloved Animal Spirits, teach their wisdom. Transcribed from Isaac Murdoch’s oral...
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