Indigenous Studies Resources: Faculty and Administration

Territory acknowledgement: The University of Windsor sits on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibway, the Odawa, and the Potawatomie.

Intended to help provide resources of interest to faculty.

Relevant concepts: Two way seeing; the Medicine Wheel pedagogy, the Gifts of the Four Directions with their associated meanings; ...

Inspiration: "Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples ... transform Canadian society so that our children and grandchildren can live together in dignity, peace, and prosperity on these lands we now share." 

“By listening to your story, my story can change. By listening to your story, I can change.”

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. (2015). Honouring the truth, reconciling for the future : summary of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, pp. 8 and 21.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and Reports, see National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation


Other Sources

On Conducting Research

Contact the Aboriginal Education Centre (University of Windsor) before embarking on any research.

Aboriginal Research. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2016.

First Nations Ethics Guide on Research Research and Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge. (For discussion purposes only). Assembly of First Nations. n.d.

First Nations Principles of OCAP®

Guidelines for the Merit Review of Aboriginal Research.  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2016.

Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada. In Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, 2014.

Other Sources


Indigenous Speaker Series University Youtube (Google Video search)

LSE Students Ask: Why is my curriculum white? (YouTube Video 20:35)

Making Mukluks and Connecting Cultures (TVO)


Curriculum-related Documents

Absolon, K. E. (2008). Kaandosswin, this is how we come to know! indigenous graduate research in the academy: Worldviews and methodologies. ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global.

Anishnaabeg Bimaadiziwin: An Ojibwe Peoples Resource

Indigenizing the Academy. Canadian Association of University Teachers

Bell, Nicole. (2014). Teaching by the Medicine Wheel: An Anishinaabe Framework for Indigenous Education. Education Canada. 

The Ethnos Project

Guinan, D. (2016). The Social Environment and Indigenous Student Success in a Canadian Post-secondary Institution (Doctoral dissertation, Royal Roads University (Canada)).

Indigenous Education Protocol. Colleges and Institutes Canada

Lee, D. (2008). Indigenous knowledges and the university library. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 31(1), 149.

McGregor, H. (2012). Decolonizing pedagogies teacher reference booklet. Vancouver, BC: Vancouver School Board.

Munroe, E. A., Lunney-Borden, L., Murray-Orr, A., Toney, D., & Meader, J. (2013). Decolonizing Aboriginal education in the 21st century. McGill Journal of Education/Revue des sciences de l'éducation de McGill, 48(2).

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Ottmann, J. (2013). Indigenizing the Academy: Confronting “Contentious Ground.” The Morning Watch: Educational and Social Analysis, 40 (3-4), 8-24.

Proquest Dissertations and Theses Global 

Smith, Michael V. (2011). "Native Education in Ontario: Problems, Solutions, and Implementation." Undergraduate Journal of Native Studies• Dbaajmowin (2011): 103.

ReconciliAction Resources (Danielle Bitz, University of Saskatchewan. University Library)

Recognition of Increased Workload of Academic Staff Members in Equity-Seeking Groups in a Minority Context. Canadian Association of University Teachers

Restoule, J. (2011). Looking for a Way in: Aboriginal Youth Talk about Access to University in Ontario. The Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 31(2), 47-62,189. 

Richard, A. L. (2011). Setting good footprints: Reconstructing wholistic success of indigenous students in higher education (Doctoral dissertation, University of Manitoba).

Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples 

Scheithauer (Niemiec), K. (2015). Rediscovering Indigenous Knowledge in Contemporary Canada. Transcanadiana, (7), 196-214.

Syllabi are freely available online using any search engine

Transforming Relations: A Collaborative Collection

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Reports in Accessible Formats

Truth and Reconciliation Response Projects (University of Waterloo)

Universities Canada Principles on Indigenous Education

Waboose, Valarie and Gemma Smyth. (2016) Reflections on the Anishinabe Law Camp (Bkejwanong Territory)reconciliationsyllabus: a TRC-inspired gathering of materials for teaching law. October 25, 2016. 


Selected University Reports on Indigenization

Nipissing University

University of Windsor: 

University of Toronto: 

Western University


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