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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.



Regular columnist "Introspection" in Eaglefeather News 

"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.

 “Reflections on the Responsibilities of Indigenous/Native Studies.” Canadian Journal of Native Studies 21, 1 (2001): 97-104. http://www2.brandonu.ca/library/cjns/21.1/cjnsv21no1_pg97-104.pdf

 Guest Editor. Oral History Forum, Special Issue: Indigenous Voices from the Prairies. Vols. 19-20, 1999-2000. 

 “Calling Badger and the Symbols of the Spirit Languages: The Cree Origins of the Syllabic System.” Oral History Forum, 19-20 (1999-2000): 19-4.

 “Narrative Wisps of the Ochekwi Sipi Past, A Journey in Recovering Collective Memories.” Oral History Forum, 19-20 (1999-2000): 113-125.

  “Colonialism and First Nations Women.” Pp. 49-80 in Scratching the Surface: Canadian Anti-Racist Feminist Thought. Edited by Enakshi Dua and Angela Roberts. Toronto: Women’s Press, 1999.

 “The Journals and Voices of a Church of England Native Catechist: Askenootow (Charles Pratt),1851-1884.” Pp. 304-329 in Reading Beyond Words: Native History in Text and Context. Edited by Jennifer Brown and Elizabeth Vibert.  Peterborough: Broadview Press, 1996. 2nd Edition:   Pp. 237 – 261 in Reading Beyond Words: Contexts for Native History. Edited by Jennifer S. H. Brown and Elizabeth Vibert. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2003. 

“Indigenous Voices, Indigenous Histories—Part 3: The Social Relations of Oral History.” Saskatchewan History 51, 1 (1999): 29-35.

“Indigenous Voices, Indigenous Histories—Part 1: The Othering of Indigenous History.” Saskatchewan History 50, 2 (1999): 24-27.

’Ethnic’ Assimilates ‘Indigenous’: A Study in Intellectual Neo-Colonialism.” Wicazo Sa (Red Pencil) Review 13, 1 (1998): 43-74.
“Post-Colonial Reflections on the Past and Future Paths of Canadian Aboriginal Women (or, Out from Under the Skirts of Her Majesty).” The London Journal of Canadian Studies Special Issue: Aboriginal Peoples 11 (1995): 1-27. 
“Beggars, Chickabobbooags, and Prisons: Paxoche (Ioway) Views of English Society, 1844-45.” American Indian Culture and Research Journal 17, 4 (1994): 1-23.
“Suppressive Narrator and Multiple Narratees in Gerald Vizenor’s Thomas White Hawk.” Studies in American Indian Literature 5, 3 (1993): 36-42.










Teaching & Supervision

Undergraduate Courses

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 261.3 Aboriginal Intellectual and Cultural Traditions in Western Canada

INDG 262.3 Aboriginal Narratives of Historical  Memory

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 371.3 Indigenous Women

INDG 430.3 Issues in Cultural Preservation

INDG 450.6 Research in Aboriginal Communities


Community-Based anti-colonial education indigenous knowledge oral history women