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
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)
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)
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.
The changing function and structures of education, with special reference to contemporary Canadian society.Fall Term 2020
An examination of the philosophical problems that arise in the moral education of students.Winter Term 2021
Prerequisite: consent of Department.Winter Term 2021
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
20150202 - 20180331
Funded by the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies, this project responds to:
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