Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Canadian Scholars
316 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
June 2020
Print ISBN: 9781773381817


This expansive collection explores the complexities of decolonization and indigenization of post-secondary institutions. Seeking to advance critical scholarship on issues including the place of Indigenous epistemologies, knowledges, curriculum, and pedagogy, Decolonizing and Indigenizing Education in Canada aims to build space in the academy for Indigenous peoples and resistance and reconciliation. This 15-chapter collection is built around the two connecting themes of Indigenous epistemologies and decolonizing post-secondary institutions. Aiming to advance and transform the Canadian academy, the authors of this volume discuss strategies for shifting power dynamics and Eurocentric perspectives within higher education.

Written by academics from across Canada, the text reflects the critical importance of the discourse on truth and reconciliation in educational contexts and how these discourses are viewed in institutions across the country. This expansive resource is essential to students and scholars focusing on Indigenous knowledges, education and pedagogies, and curriculum studies.


  • includes discussion questions and further reading lists and offers practical examples of how one can engage in decolonization work within the academy
  • features Canadian authors in varying academic positions and provides content specific to the Canadian education system

Table of Contents


Introduction: From Colonized Classrooms to Transformative Change in the Academy: We Can and Must Do Better!
Sheila Cote-Meek

Theme 1: Indigenous Epistemologies: Exploring the Place of Indigenous Knowledges in Post-Secondary Curriculum, Including Indigenization of the Curriculum and Pedagogy

Chapter 1: Askiy Kiskinwahamākēwina: Reclaiming Land-based Pedagogies in the Academy
Angelina Weenie

Chapter 2: Gii Aanikoobijigan Mindimooyehn: Decolonizing Views of Anishinaabekwe
Patricia D. McGuire

Chapter 3: Reconciliation through Métissage
Bryanna Rae Scott

Chapter 4: Indigenous Thinkers: Decolonizing and Transforming the Academy through Indigenous Relationality
Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla and Amanda Holmes

Chapter 5: Thinking with Kihkipiw: Exploring an Indigenous Theory of Assessment and Evaluation for Teacher Education
Dr. Evelyn Steinhauer, Dr. Trudy Cardinal, Dr. Marc Higgins, Dr. Brooke Madden, Dr. Noella Steinhauer, Dr. Patricia Steinhauer, Misty Underwood, and Angela Wolfe, with Elder Bob Cardinal

Chapter 6: Centering the Lived Struggle of Indigenous Women in the Academy: A Performance Autoethnography
Celeste Pedri-Spade

Theme 2: Decolonizing Post-Secondary Institutions: Building Space in the Academy for Indigenous Peoples, Resistance, and Reconciliation

Chapter 7: Is Decolonization Possible in the Academy?
Lynn Lavallee

Chapter 8: The Dynamics of Decolonization and Indigenization in an Era of Academic “Reconciliation”
Emily Grafton and Jérôme Melançon

Chapter 9: Urban and Inner-City Studies: Decolonizing Ourselves and the University of Winnipeg
Chantal Fiola and Shauna MacKinnon

Chapter 10: Speaking Back to the Institution: Teacher Education Programs as Sites of Possibility
Fiona Purton, Sandra Styres, and Arlo Kempf

Chapter 11: “If Not Here, Where”?: Making Decolonization a Priority at an Undergraduate University"
Mary Ellen Donnan, Avril Aitken, and Jean L. Manore

Chapter 12: Reconciliation Rainbows and the Promise of Education: Teaching Truth and Redress in Neocolonial Canada
Michelle Coupal

Chapter 13: Decolonizing Non-Indigenous Faculty and Students: Beyond Comfortable Diversity
Linda Pardy and Brett Pardy

Chapter 14: Reframing Reconciliation: Turning Our Back or Turning Back?
Keri Cheechoo

Chapter 15: The Future for Indigenous Education: How Social Media is Changing Our Relationships in the Academy
Taima Moeke-Pickering

Contributor Biographies


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