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Winona Wheeler PhD 2000 University of California, Berkeley. MA 1988 British Columbia. BA (Hons) 1986 Manitoba.

Associate Professor

Faculty Member in Indigenous Studies

Kirk Hall 127

Research Area(s)

  • Indigenous Studies the Discipline
  • Cree intellectual traditions and oral history methodologies
  • Indigenous Knowledge
  • Anti-Colonial Theory & Approaches
  • History of Indigenous-Settler Relations
  • Land Claims & Treaty Rights
  • Community-Based/Engaged Research
  • History of First Nations Education, Indian Residential Schools, Missionary Relations

About me

Winona is a member of the Fisher River Cree Nation in Treaty No. 5 territory (Manitoba) though her family hails from George Gordon’s First Nation in Treaty No. 4 territory (Saskatchewan). Of Cree/Assiniboine/Saulteaux and English/Irish descent Winona has been a professional historian and a professor of Indigenous Studies since 1988.



Wheeler, Winona, Charles E. Trimble, Barbara W. Sommer, and Mary Kay Quinlan. Indigenous Oral History Manual, Canada and the United States. London: Routledge, 2023.

 Henning, D., & Wheeler, W. (2021) Rural Indigenous students’ postsecondary experiences: North and South of the Medicine Line. New Directions for Student Services, Special Issue: The Multiple Identities of Rural College Students. Vol. 20, series 171-172. 57-67. 

Wheeler, Winona and Robert A. Innes. Editors. Indigenous Ways of Knowing Reader. 2nd Edition.  Toronto: Pearson Publishers, 2012.

"Guidance from Early Fourth World Indigenous Resistance Literature in the Americas: The Historical Writings of Warren, Standing Bear and Ahenakew," pp. 136-151 in Raja Sekhar Patteti ed., Exploring Fourth World Literatures: Tribals, Adivasis, Dalits (New Delhi: Prestige International Publications, 2011).

"The Fur Trade, Treaty No. 5 and the Fisher River First Nation," pp. 209-221 in Margaret Anne Lindsay and Malory Allyson Richards eds., Papers of the Rupert's Land Colloquium 2008 in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta (Winnipeg: The Centre for Rupert's Land Studies, 2010).

"Cree Intellectual Traditions in History,” pp. 47-61 in The West and Beyond: New Perspectives on an Imagined Region. Alvin Finkle, Sarah Carter, and Peter Fortna, eds.. Edmonton: Athabasca University Press, 2010.

“Harsh Lessons, Residential school scars run deep,” p. 5 in National History Society, Mark Reid ed.. 100 Photos that Changed Canada. HarperCollins Canada, 2009.

“Act of Defiance, Famous ‘no’ vote sank Meech Lake Accord,” p. 186 in National History Society, Mark Reid ed.. 100 Photos that Changed Canada. HarperCollins Canada, 2009.

“The Worst Canadian Contest: Sir John A. Macdonald.” The Beaver (August-September 2007): 35.

“Reflections on the Social Relations of Indigenous Oral History.” Pp. 189-214 in David T. McNab, ed.. Walking a Tightrope: Aboriginal People and Their Representations. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press, Aboriginal Studies Series, 2005.

“Urban Indian Reserves.” P. 187 in David J. Wishart, ed.. Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005.

“Payipwat.” P. 591 in David J. Wishart, ed.. Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2005.

Teaching & Supervision

Undergraduate Courses (2010-present)

INDG 107.3 Introduction to Canadian Indigenous Studies

INDG 210.3 Indigenous Ways of Knowing

INDG 216.3 The Presence of the Past in Indigenous Life

INDG 281.3 First Nations History in Western Canada

INDG 302.6 Seminar on Indian History

INDG 350.6 Indigenous Studies Research Methods

INDG 351.3 Indigenous Oral Histories Research

INDG 430.3 Issues in Cultural Preservation

INDG 450.6 Research in Aboriginal Communities

INDG 454.3 Resistance and Resurgence in the International Indigenous World


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