Onowa McIvor

Onowa McIvor
Associate Professor
Indigenous Education
Office: MacLaurin A354

Onowa McIvor is maskiko-nehiyaw (Swampy Cree) and Scottish-Canadian. Her nehiyaw family is from Norway House and Cross Lake in northern Manitoba. She is a grateful visitor in SENĆOŦEN and Lekwungen speaking territories.

As an Associate Professor in the Department of Indigenous Education at the University of Victoria, Onowa co-leads a six-year SSHRC Partnership Grant co-PIs together with Dr. Peter Jacobs, and co-PIs Trish Rosborough, Charlotte Loppie, and Jessica Ball, and in collaboration with nine Indigenous community Partners across Canada.

The essence of the work together focuses on working to understand and enhance Indigenous adults’ contributions to reviving Indigenous languages in Canada. The NEȾOLṈEW̱: ‘one mind, one people’ project aims to deepen the understanding of best practices of adult Indigenous language learning (AILL), how adult Indigenous learners contribute to passing on their language to others in their communities and families, in addition to how language is linked to health and well-being.

The Partnership is also developing a nation-wide Environmental Scan, documenting AILL and language revitalization efforts in Canada.

  • Indigenous Education
  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Indigenous Early Childhood Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Arts-Based and Place-Based Education
  • Formal and Non-Formal Education
  • Community-Engaged Scholarship
Onowa McIvor's publications can be found by searching on the UVicSpace website under the Faculty of Education-Indigenous Education.