Professor Profiles

Jonathan Anuik

Jonathan Anuik

Assistant Professor


Educational Policy Studies

About Me

I came to this Department from Lakehead University where I was a faculty member in the Departments of History and Interdisciplinary Studies. I completed my PhD in history in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan in 2009. My dissertation, Métis families and schools: The decline and reclamation of Métis Identities in Saskatchewan, 1885-1980, won a Canadian History of Education Association founders’ prize, the Cathy James Memorial Dissertation Prize, at the CHEA biennial meeting in 2010. For my Master’s degree, I investigated the discourse of civilization as it took shape in the nascent missionary schools of the Red River Settlement in the period 1820-1870, home to recently retired fur traders and their mixed-ancestry and Métis families and a small number of farming families from continental Europe. My research relies heavily on oral history of Métis learners in education systems; interviews with contemporary Métis teachers and administrators; and knowledge exchange with Indigenous scholars on promising practices in spirituality, teaching, and learning.


  • Métis education in Canada, historically and contemporarily
  • Spirituality in educators’ practices
  • Indigenous Peoples in Canada and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • History of Interprofessional Education and Care in Canada
  • Interdisciplinary Community-based Research
  • HIV/AIDS in Indigenous communities in Canada
  • Elder abuse


  • With Laura-Lee Kearns. Métis Education Barriers, Challenges, Opportunities, and Best Practices: Foundations and Practices to Support Métis Education in Ontario. Métis Nation of Ontario, Education and Training Branch
  • The Promise of a Child Action Plan? Canada and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • The history of Interprofessional Education and Care in Canada
  • Spirituality in educators’ practices
  • Interdisciplinary community-based research: student learning for social change
  • The history of Métis families and communities and schools in Saskatchewan (doctoral research)
  • With Kevin Willison and the Simcoe County Research Group, Elder Abuse