Onowa McIvor

tânisi kiyawaw (greetings to you all). I am maskiko-nehiyaw (Swampy Cree) and Scottish-Canadian. My nehiyaw family is from Norway House and Cross Lake in northern Manitoba. I was born and raised in northern Saskatchewan and have been a grateful visitor in SENĆOŦEN and Lekwungen speaking territories for over 20 years. I am a nêhiyâwiwin language learner and language warrior.

I completed a PhD in Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia in 2012. My dissertation îkakwiy nihiyawiyân: I am learning [to be] Cree explored the largely understudied area of adult Indigenous language learning.  During this time, I was also the Director of Indigenous Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria (UVic) from 2008 and 2017, where I helped to develop and oversaw interdisciplinary, community-based Indigenous-language revitalization undergraduate and graduate certificate, diploma and degree programs.

As an Associate Professor of Indigenous Education in the Department of Indigenous Education at UVIC, I teach, supervise graduate students and contribute in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in Indigenous language revitalization. My current areas of research span the fields of Indigenous language revitalization, immersion and bilingual education, sociocultural language learning, additional language acquisition, Indigenous education, and Indigenous health and well-being. As a co-lead on this SSHRC Partnership Grant project, I am working to support and enhance collective understanding of the unique aspects of adult Indigenous language learning in the national and diverse context of the land now known as Canada.


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