Cora Weber-Pillwax, PhD, MEd, BEd

Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Policy Studies Dept


Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Policy Studies Dept
(780) 910-4909
7-151 Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5

Available by appointment.


Area of Study / Keywords

Indigenous Education and schooling Indigenous research Participatory action research and other forms of Indigenous community-driven research IRM.


  • Indigenous lived experience as Metis woman with Metis and northern Cree lived experience in boreal forest community.
  • International and intercultural education with particular focus on Indigenous perspectives, Indigenous knowledges, and Indigenous experiences
  • Critical and interdisciplinary analysis across the social sciences
  • Indigenous communities, peoples, and knowledge systems.
  • First Nations and Metis social and educational issues and policies in Canada


  1. First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Modules for Teacher Education Ministry of Education 2003 -
  2. Parallel Pathways PI CIHR 2002 -
  3. Healing through Language and Culture PI SSHRC-CURA 2006 -
  4. AHRNETS Aboriginal Health Research Networks CO-PI CIHR 2014 -
  5. NEAHR Network Environments for Aboriginal Health Research Co-PI and PI CIHR 2010 -
  6. AATSIMAPI Northern Lead SSHRC 2015 -
  7. Indigenous Community Wellness Knowledge in Action Co PI CIHR Catalyst Grant 2017 -
  8. Indigenous Evidence in Research CO-Grantee New Frontiers in Research Fund 2020


  1. EDPS 535 Indigenous Research Methodologies
  2. EDPS 537 Issues in Indigenous Education
  3. EDPS 538 Oral Traditions and Written Text*
  4. EDPS 539 Revitalization of Indigenous Languages*
  5. EDPS 542 Roots and Meanings in the Cree Language*
  6. EDPS 501 Contextualizing Epistemology in Higher Education: Parts I Theoretical Engagement, II Theory in Action, and III Theory in Action*.
  7. EDPS 501 Leadership and Governance in Aboriginal Schooling: Supporting Aboriginal students, parents, communities*.
  8. EDU 211 Aboriginal Education and Contexts for Professional Development* Academic years inclusive: 2013-2016
  • primary course developer


EDPS 539 - Revitalizing Indigenous Language

Course studies the impact of the loss of Indigenous languages and strategies, policies and practices aimed at the revival and maintenance of Indigenous languages locally and internationally. Students may not receive credit for both EDPS 601 From Oral Language to Written Text and EDPS 538.

EDPS 542 - Meaning and Structure in the Cree Language

Course instructors and students will engage in processes that examine the roots and structures of Cree words to uncover/discover embedded cultural meaning in the language, expanding this study to include other Indigenous languages. The course will facilitate the movement of participants beyond the veil of surface meanings usually ascribed to physical phenomena of the Cree world, and other worlds within other languages. Critical explorations will highlight the connections between this understanding and common approaches to educational programming for Indigenous languages. A shift in participant awareness and positioning in relation to language learning holds the potential for more complex individual understanding of how Cree and other languages carry the cosmology, ontology, and knowledge system of respective, distinct peoples and cultures. Course objectives will include increased knowledge and related educational praxis with deepened understanding about the integral relationship between a language and the people whose lives and thought are reflected therein.

EDPS 581 - Introduction to Evaluating Educational Research

Introduces students to a critical interpretation and evaluation of research in the specializations within the Department of Educational Policy Studies, using a wide range of orientations and approaches. Students may not receive credit for both EDPS 508 and EDPS 581. May contain alternative delivery sections; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar.

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