Celia Haig-Brown

Professor, Professor Emerita/Senior Scholar

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: Listening to the Land; Rodeo Women; 1995-2013

CV of Celia Haig-Brown


Celia Haig-Brown is a Euro-Canadian ethnographer committed to respectful and reciprocal research and practice. Her first book (1988) focused on interviews with former students of the Kamloops Indian Residential School. An updated version, Tsqelmucwílc: The Kamloops Indian Residential School, Resistance and a Reckoning, with Indigenous collaborators, was launched September 30, 2022 at Tk’emlups te Secwepemc. She also co-directed two documentaries with relatives of the KIRS students. Her film Listen to the Land addresses the complexities of the Naskapi Nation’s commitment to land and caribou in the reality of open pit mining (http://www.listeningtotheland.org/). In production is a new film Rodeo Women: Behind the Scenes (https://rodeowomencanada.org/). Next projects include creative non-fiction work during a special writer-in-residence appointment. She is happily retired from her full-time position at York as of January 1, 2024. She continues to work with a number of doctoral students in programs across campus.

Scholarly Interests

My research and publications eventually led me to add film-making to my repertoire. At this time in 2024, I am in post-production with my next film, tentatively titled Rodeo Women: Behind the Scenes. Relations with land and rivers guides my practice. Next ventures include creative non-fiction building on the research completed for the film and a collaborative memoir both to be addressed during my soon-to-be announced Writer-in-Residence gig. 

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.
    • Trent University: External reviewer for Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies. With Niigaan Sinclair (UManitoba) and Rob Innes (McMaster).
    • 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)