Makere Stewart-Harawira, PhD, MA (1st Hons), BA

Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Policy Studies Dept


Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Policy Studies Dept
(780) 492-7616
7-117 Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5



Professor, Indigenous, Environmental and Global Studies 

Project Lead, I-Steam Pathways, an environmental education internship program for Indigenous students in Alberta. 

Director,Traditional Medicine & Indigenous Health Council of the University of Alberta Integrative Health Network.

Research interests: integrative approaches to ecosystem and human-more-than-human wellbeing and planetary stewardship; whole systems approaches to climate change, global governance, and freshwater governance. Particular interests are the importance of traditional indigenous knowledge, the role of relationality in governance, Futures and community transitions.

Tribal affiliation: registered member of Waitaha ki Waipounamu, Aotearoa New Zealand.


Areas and interests

  • Indigenous traditional and ecological knowledge systems
  • anthropocenic climate change and planetary stewardship 
  • watersheds and planetary health 
  • Critical Studies in Governance, Sustainability and Transition 



2018 – 2020. Indigenous Youth Environmental Education Program, Project Team Lead, with Drs Greg Goss, Cameron Jeffries, Ania Ulrich. Funded by the Government of Alberta


2017 -2018. “Learning to Listen and Listening to Learn”, Indigenous Community Engagement, Research and Learning Project. With Dr Ania Ulrich, Principal Investigator, Office of the VP Research and the Faculty of Graduate Studies Award, University of Alberta

2015 - 2018. Intersections of Sustainability. Collaborative Research Network on Water Governance, Climate Change and the futures of Communities, Principal Investigator, Kule Institute for Advanced Study Cluster Research Grant funded.

2014-2015. Intersections of Global Change Sustainability Network. Principal Investigator. KULE Institute for Advanced Studies Award.

2012 - 2013. Indigenous Communities as Stewards of Mother Earth: Responding to the Triple Crisis of Sustainability. KULE Institute for Advanced Studies Award.

2009-2013. Energy Development and the Prosperity and Wellbeing of Aboriginal Communities in Northern Alberta, Principal Investigator, with Dr. Mark Nuttall and Clifford Cardinal. Social Sciences and Health Research Council Northern Research Initiative Award.

2008 - 2009. Resource Extraction and Aboriginal Community Development in Northern Alberta. Principal Investigator, Killam Award.

206-2009. Global Citizenship, Regional Integration and the Revitalisation of Traditional Languages and Cultural Knowledge: Responses to Declining Post-Modern Imperialism. Social Sciences and Health Research Council Standard Research Grant Award.



Climate Change and its Intersections (EDPS 501, Wi 2021)

Global Transformations, Indigenous Knowledge and the Crisis of Sustainability (EDPS 528)

Contemporary Issues in Education: Perspectives on Policy and Practice (EDPS 580)

Foundations of Education: Perspectives on Canadian Issues (EDPS 590) 

Past Courses

Critical Indigenous Pedagogies and Transformative Strategies in Education (EDPS 536)

Indigenous Research Methodologies (EDPS 535)

Revitalizing Indigenous languages (EDPS 539)

Indigenous Ontologies in the Global Context (EDPS 636)


Philosophy of Moral Education (EDPS 456)

Society and Education (EDPS 360)

Past Courses

History of Native Education in North America (EDPS 432)

Contemporary Issues in First Nations Education in Canada (EDPS 474)

Current Doctoral Supervision

Danielle Lorenz "But Ukrainians Faced Racism, Too": A Settler Colonial Analysis of Education in Alberta.

Tibetha Kemble “Decolonizing the Philosophies of Early Childhood - Unsettling Policy and Practice for Indigenous Children.” 

Sharon Farnel "Metadata Driven by Indigenous Communities in Canada's North: An Exploration." Co-supervised with Dr. Ali Shiri

Tammy Tkachuk “Decolonizing Work with Parents: An Autoethnographic Account of Decolonizing work with Parents in Rural Alberta.”

Angelica Quesada "Transformative epistemologies and ontologies: Environmental degradation our shared problem."

Eddie Gillis "How will the inclusion of Indigenous history, perspectives and culture as a mainstay of Indigenous education intervention efforts effect the graduation rates of Indigenous students?"


Not currently accepting new students. 


EDPS 360 - Society and Education

The changing function and structures of education, with special reference to contemporary Canadian society.

Fall Term 2020
EDPS 456 - The Philosophy of Moral Education

An examination of the philosophical problems that arise in the moral education of students.

Winter Term 2021
EDPS 501 - Conference Course on Selected Topics

Prerequisite: consent of Department.

Winter Term 2021
EDPS 680 - Policy Research and Education

Focuses on a critical and disciplined examination of education and policy issues by drawing on a variety of theoretical orientations. Identifies the centrality of policy research within different educational contexts: adult education, K-12, post-secondary, and aboriginal schooling in Canada and internationally. Students will explore a multiplicity of ways to combine the study of policy with the study of practice, politics, culture and power.

Fall Term 2020

Browse more courses taught by Makere Stewart-Harawira

Scholarly Activities

Research - Intersections of Sustainability. Collaborative Research Network on Water Governance, Climate Change and Traditional Communities."

20150202 - 20180331

Funded by the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies, this project responds to:

  1. the urgency of addressing issues of water governance, land use and climate change, 
  2. the implications for communities, particularly in relation to water quality and availability and agriculture, and 
  3. the University of Alberta’s unique positioning and goal to produce world-class leading-edge research on critical issues that confront humanity. 

Our goal is the development of innovative research and solutions that target this critical intersection and to contribute to calls for a new global paradigm of sustainability. 

Intersections of Sustainability. Interdisciplinary Research Network on Water Governance, Climate Change & Futures


Multispecies Justice: Theories, Challenges, and a Research Agenda for Environmental Politics.
Author(s): Danielle Celermajer, David Schlosberg, Lauren Rickards, Makere Stewart-Harawira, Mathias Thaler, Petra Tschakert, Blanche Verlie, Christine Winter.
Publication Date: 10/1/2020
Publication: Environmental Politics, Special Issue. (accepted September 2020)

'Under Erasure’: Suppressed and trans-ethnic Māori identities.
Author(s): Stewart, G., Stewart-Harawira,
Publication Date: 9/30/2020
Publication: Journal of World Philosophies

Troubled Waters: Maori Values and Ethics for Freshwater Management and New Zealand’s Fresh Water Crisis.
Author(s): Stewart-Harawira, M.
Publication Date: 8/29/2020
Publication: Wires Water
Volume: 7
Issue: 5
External Link:
Resilient Systems, Resilient Communities
Author(s): Jordan Kinde & Makere Stewart-Harawira (eds)
Publication Date: 2018
External Link:
Challenging Knowledge Capitalism. Indigenous Research in the 21st Century
Author(s): Stewart-Harawira, M
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Socialist Studies / Études socialistes, North America
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
External Link:
Unspeakable things: Indigenous research and social science.Transgressive Pedagogies and Research. Révolutions, contestations, indignations.
Author(s): Coburn, E.; Stewart-Harawira, M.; Moreton-Robinson, A. & Sefa-Dei, G.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Socio
Volume: 2
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 121-134
External Link:
Returning the sacred: Indigenous ontologies in perilous times, in Radical Human Ecology ( L. Williams, R. Roberts, A. MacIntosh (eds)
Author(s): Stewart-Harawira, M.
Publication Date: 2012
Page Numbers: 73-90

Making Space for Indigenous Feminisms
Author(s): Joyce Green (Ed).
Publication Date: 2007

The New Imperial Order. Indigenous Responses to Globalization
Author(s): Stewart-Harawira, M.
Publication Date: 2005
Page Numbers: 288
External Link:,+Stewart-Harawira&lr=