Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Canadian Scholars’ Press
Approx. 300 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
June 2020
Print ISBN: 9781773381817
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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 18-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

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Table of Contents

Introduction: From Colonized Classrooms to Transformative Change in the Academy: We can and must do better!

Theme 1: Indigenous epistemologies: Exploring the place of Indigenous knowledges in Post-Secondary curriculum including Indigenization of curriculum and pedagogy

1. Askiy Kiskinwahamâkêwina: Reclaiming Land-based Pedagogies in the Academy
2. Gii Aanikoobijigan Mindimooyehn: Decolonizing Views of Anishinaabekwe
3. Reconciliation through Métissage
4. Indigenous Thinkers: An Indigenous Relational Networking Decolonizing and Transforming the Academy
5. Thinking with Kihkipiw: Exploring an Indigenous Theory of Assessment and Evaulation for Teacher Education
6. Centering the Lived Struggle of Indigenous Women in the Academy: A Performance Autoethnography

Theme 2: Decolonizing Post-Secondary institutions: Building space in the academy for Indigenous peoples, resistance and reconciliation

7. Is Decolonization Possible in the Academy?
8. The Dynamics of Decolonization and Indigenization in an Era of Academic “Reconciliation”
9. Urban and Inner-City Studies: Decolonizing ourselves and the University of Winnipeg
10. Speaking back to the institution: Teacher education programs as sites of possibility
11. “If Not Here, Where”?: Making Decolonization a Priority at an Undergraduate University"
12. Reconciliation Rainbows and the Promise of Education: Teaching Truth and Redress in Neocolonial Canada
13. Decolonizing non-Indigenous Faculty and Students: Beyond Comfortable Diversity
14. Reframing Reconciliation: Turning Our Back or Turning Back?
15. The future for Indigenous Education: How Social Media is Changing our Relationships in the Academy

Contributor Biographies

Sheila Cote-Meek

Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek is Anishinaabe from the Teme-Augama Anishnabai, and is the incoming Vice-President, Equity, People and Culture at York University. She is the former Associate Vice-President, Academic and Indigenous Programs at Laurentian University. A leader in Indigenous education Dr. Cote-Meek has focused on bringing about systemic changes that attend to equity, diversity, and inclusion in post-secondary education.

Taima Moeke-Pickering

Dr. Taima Moeke-Pickering is a Maori of the Ngati Pukeko and Tuhoe tribes. She is a full professor in the School of Indigenous Relations at Laurentian University where she teaches courses on Indigenous research methodologies, international Indigenous issues, and United Nations and Indigenous social work. She has extensive experience working with international Indigenous communities, evaluative research, big data analysis, and photovoice methodologies.

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