Celia Haig-Brown


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:

3154, Technology Enhanced Learning - TEL
Keele Campus
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext. 20052

Email: haigbro@yorku.ca

Website: Haig-Brown 2013-; Listening to the Land; Rodeo Women: Behind the Scenes

CV of Celia Haig-Brown


Professor Celia Haig-Brown is a Euro-Canadian ethnographer with a commitment to decolonizing approaches to research. Haig-Brown’s major research interests are based in work with Indigenous communities, nationally and internationally. Her first book (1988), a retrospective ethnography of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, was based on interviews with former students, as well as church and government documents. She has published three other books, numerous articles and reports, and co-directed three films including, Pelq’ilc (Coming Home), based on interviews with the children and grandchildren of the original participants from the Kamloops residential school. Her latest documentary film, Listen to the Land, is a lyrical look at the complexities of the Naskapi Nation’s commitment to the land and their culture in the contemporary economic reality of their involvement with open pit mining. It was funded by a Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant and was an official selection at the Irvine International Film Festival in California.

Scholarly Interests

(de)colonizing research and practice; critical ethnography; video-ethnography; critical/feminist pedagogy; land-based pedagogy; adult & community education; curriculum studies; Indigenous ways of knowing.

Faculty & School/Dept

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

    Selected Publications

    • Celia Haig-Brown and Ruth Green (2022). Talking it Through: Talking Through It: a dialogue on Indigenizing Education. In Styres and Kempf (Eds.), The Politics of Decolonizing Reconciliation in Education. Edmonton, AB, Canada: University of Alberta Press
    • Celia Haig-Brown, Garry Gottfriedson, Randy Fred and Survivors of KIRS (2022). Tsqelmucwílc: Kamloops Indian Residential School -- Resistance and a Reckoning. Vancouver, BC, Canada: Arsenal Pulp Press
    • Sean Hillier, Celia Haig-Brown and David Phipps (2022). Decolonizing Research Administration: Institutional Practices in Action. Journal of Research Administration (53(2)), in press.
    • Celia Haig-Brown and Te Kawehau Hoskins (2019). Indigenous Teacher Education in Canada and Aotearoa New Zealand Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. New York, NY, USA: Oxford University Press
    • Celia Haig-Brown (2018). Working to Reconcile: Truth, Action and Indigenous Education in Canada. In Tania das Gupta & Carl James (Eds.), Race and Racialization: Essential Readings (2nd Ed. ed.pp. 318-337). Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Canadian Scholars Press
    • Celia Haig-Brown (2016). Always Remembering: Indian Residential Schools in Canada. In Kristen Burnett and Geoffrey Read (Eds.), Aborginal History: A Reader, 2nd Ed. (2nd ed.pp. 221-233). Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 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, British Columbia, Canada: University of British Columbia Press

    Selected Presentations

    • C Haig-Brown, G. Gottfriedson, R. Fred. (2022, September). Tsqelmucwílc: KIRS-- Resistance and a Reckoning. Presented at: T'Kemlups te Secwépemc
    • Celia Haig-Brown (2021, July). Resistance, Relentlessness and Residential Schools. Presented at: Scholars Hub
    • Celia Haig-Brown (2018, December). Inspiring EDI: Riffing off the CRC Process. Presented at: SSHRC Leaders Meeting, Ottawa, ON
    • Celia Haig-Brown (2018, November). Research Metrics: The Role of Law Libraries and Librarians. . Presented at: Law Librarians on the Leading Edge. Osgoode Hall Law School
    • Celia Haig-Brown (2018, May). No Reconciliation without More Truth. Presented at: CSSE Regina, Saskatchewan
    • 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

    Invited Contribution to the Witness Blanket. For Witness: Pieces of History. www.witnessblanket.ca

    Refereed Films

    Listen to the Land. Director: Celia Haig-Brown. Premiere Kawawachikamach, Quebec. January 2018.

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

    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.

    All are distributed through V-tape in Toronto.


    Research Projects

    Rodeo Women: Behind the Scenes

    Role: Principal Investigator

    Amount funded: $260759

    Year Funded: 2021

    Duration: 4

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

    Primary questions guiding this research are: How do women negotiate their roles in the many stages and facets of the work of rodeo production? What motivates their continued involvement? As a microcosm of women in male-dominated workplaces, "Rodeo Women: Behind the Scenes" adapts feminist sociologist Dorothy Smith's question, "What is the work that women actually do?" to contribute to and refine knowledge of the historic and contemporary involvement of diverse women in the sport of rodeo and the meanings of that work.

    Listening to the Land: the Naskapi Nation Invests in Open Pit Mining

    Role: Principal Investigator

    Year Funded: 2014

    Duration: 4 years

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


    • 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
    • Teaching Award, Faculty of Graduate Studies - 2016
    • Christopher Innes Interdisciplinary Studies Champion, Interdisciplinary Studies - 2016
    • Deans Research Impact Award, York University - 2019
    • Fellow of the RSC, Royal Society of Canada - 2022

    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)