Dr. Brendan Burrows

Dr. Brendan Burrows
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

PhD in Adult Education and Community Development, OISE, University of Toronto, Canada; MA in Communication, University of Ottawa, Canada; BA (Honours) in English Rhetoric and Professional Writing, University of Waterloo, Canada.



  • Indigenous Education Policy and Theory
  • Film and Media studies, Cultural Studies
  • Anti-colonial education


Dr. Burrows is a post-doctoral fellow at the Gustavson School of Business; a settler from Barrie, Ontario the traditional territory of the Haudensaunee (Iroquois), Ojibway/Chippewa and Anishnabek on a territory covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. Brendan’s area of research at Gustavson is in Anti-colonial pedagogy and entrepreneurial curriculum. Currently he is working with Dr. Brent Mainprize looking at updating post-secondary business curriculum with Indigenous content and pedagogy using the 3C Challenge as a framework.  Brendan obtained his PhD in Adult Education and Community Development from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). The focus of his PhD dissertation centered around incorporating Indigenous film drama into the secondary school curriculum. His research interests include Anti-colonial pedagogy, Anti-colonial and Indigenous Film, Indigenous Media, settler representations of Indigeneity and Cultural Studies. His research goals include theorization and activation of settler engagement with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations through pedagogy and film.

Refereed Presentations:

Impact of Indigenous Film Drama in the classroom:  Decreasing the efficacy Gap in the Teaching of Indigenous Issues.  Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference at Congress 2017. May27th-May30th at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada).

Film as Intervention: Raising the bar for teacher’s engagement with Indigenous Issues Film Studies Association of Canada) Annual Conference at Congress 2016. June 1-3rd. University of Calgary (Calgary, Canada).

A Cinema of Resistance: Survival and Residential Schools in Jeff Barnaby’s Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013)FSAC (Film Studies Association of Canada) Annual Conference at Congress 2015. June2-4.University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Ontario). Also at: ‘Decolonizing the Spirit’ OISE, April 24th, 2015.