Celia Haig-Brown

Professor, Associate Vice-President Research

PhD - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.; MA - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.; Professional Teaching Certificate - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.; BA - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

Location(s) / Contact Info:

509, Ignat Kaneff Building - IKB
Keele Campus
Phone: 416-736-5780

Email: haigbro@yorku.ca

Website: Haig-Brown 2013-

Scholarly Interests

(De)colonizing research and practice; Critical ethnography; Critical/feminist pedagogy; Learning from the land; Adult & community education; Curriculum development; Ways of knowing

Faculty & School/Dept

  • Faculty of Education - Bachelor of Education - Graduate Studies - Indigenous Teacher Education
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies, Women's Studies - Global feminist issues, ethnicity and race

    Selected Publications

    • Blimkie, M., Vetter, D. and Haig-Brown, C. (2014). "A bit of a surprise": Teacher Candidates' Perceptions of Indigenous Infusion in Mainstream Teacher Education . (Julian Kitchen, Ed., Ed.) Brock Education.
    • Sandra Styres, Melissa Blimkie and Celia Haig-Brown (2013). Toward a Pedagogy of Land: The Urban Context. (Sandra Styres & Dawn ZInga, eds., Eds.) Canadian Journal of Education, 36 (2), 34-67.
    • Celia Haig-Brown (2012). Always Remembering: Indian Residential Schools in Canada. In Kristen Burnett and Geoffrey Read (Eds.), Aborginal History: A Reader (pp. 221-233). Toronto: University of Toronto Press
    • Celia Haig-Brown (2010). Indigenous Thought, Appropriation and Non-Aboriginal People. Canadian Journal of Education, 33 (4), 925-950.
    • Haig-Brown, C. And D. Nock (Eds.). (2006). With Good Intentions: Euro-Canadian and Aboriginal Relations in Colonial Canada. (Haig-Brown, C. And D. Nock, Eds.) Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press

    Selected Presentations

    • Melissa Blimkie and Celia Haig-Brown (October 2013). The Question of Audience. Presented at: Knowledge Mobilization Symposium, York University
    • Celia Haig-Brown and Kaaren Dannenmann (May 2012). Lessons from the Land: Relentlessness, Patience and Decolonizing Practices. Presented at: CSSE, Waterloo, ON
    • Celia Haig-Brown (April 2012). "Spontaneous Laughter and Good Marks": From Policy Framework to Working Model. Presented at: American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC

    Other Research Outputs

    Refereed Films

    Pelq’ilc: Coming Home. World Premiere. With Helen Haig-Brown. Film and discussion prepared for the World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education. Melbourne, Australia, December 7-11, 2008. Selected for the Smithsonian's Native American Film Festival, New York, 2011.

    Cowboys, Indians and Education: Regenerating Secwepemc Culture. With Helen Haig-Brown. World Premiere. Biindigaate Indigenous Film Festival. Thunder Bay, ON. September 27-30, 2012.

    Both are distributed through V-tape in Toronto.


    Research Projects

    Regeneration: Recreating Traditional Knowledge in Contemporary Context

    Role: Principal Investigator

    Amount funded: $92,000

    Year Funded: 2007

    Duration: 3 years

    Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

    Book in progress. Two films completed.

    Expanding the Circle: Aboriginal people with diabilities focus on rights

    Role: Co-Principal Investigator

    Amount funded: $$199,780

    Year Funded: 2012

    Duration: 3 years

    Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

    Partnership Development Grant

    Listening to the Land

    Role: Principal Investigator

    Year Funded: 2012

    Duration: on-going

    Funded by: Canadian Business Ethics Research Network

    This project involves work with teachers in the Jimmy Sandy Memorial School in Kawawachikamach (Naskapi Nation). The focus is on taking responsibility for the land where mining is main economic driver and the caribou and other wildlife have been the traditional economic focus.


    • Ted T. Aoki Award for Distinguished Service in Canadian Curriculum Studies, Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, CSSE Awards - 2009
    • Sabbatical Fellowship for “Comparative Practices and Policies in University-Aboriginal Community Partnerships: New Zealand and Canada.”, York University - 2004
    • The Tetsuo Aoki Award, 13th Annual Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice - 1992
    • Honorary Graduate of the Native Indian Teacher Education Program, University of British Columbia - 1981
    • Outstanding Contribution Education's 100 -- Year of Alumni, University of British Columbia - 2015

    Service/Community Activities

    • PSAS University of Manitoba: Review team and co-author of report reviewing the university's unit Ph.D. Studies for Aboriginal Scholars.
    • University of Auckland: Review Team for the School of Te Puna Wananga. Worked with Co-Chairs Emeritus Professor Ranginui Walker (Maori Studies) and Professor Raewyn Dalziel (Vice-Chancellor's Office), Professors Tracey McIntosh (Sociology), Angus MacFarlane (Maori Cultural Studies, University of Canterbury) and Mr. Uenuku Fairhall (Principal, Te Kura O Te Koutu)