Professor Profiles


Makere Stewart-Harawira, PhD



Educational Policy Studies

About Me

Professor, Indigenous, Environmental and Global Studies, Makere was appointed to the Department of Educational Policy Studies in the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta in 2004. She is the Director of the Traditional Medicine & Indigenous Health Council of the Integrative Health Institute at the University of Alberta and convenes the Intersections of Sustainability transdisciplinary research network on climate change, water governance, and community futures.

Makere received her PhD, MA and BA at the University of Auckland and taught at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi as well as part-time teaching positions in the School of Maori & Pacific Development at Waikato University in New Zealand. She is a registered member of the Waitaha tribe (Waitaha Taewhenua ki Waitaki) in Aotearoa New Zealand and has particular interests in whole systems approaches to climate change, global governance, and freshwater governance, as well as traditional indigenous knowledge and integrative approaches to ecosystem and human wellbeing and planetary stewardship. For the past several years Makere has been engaged in collaborative community-based research that pays particular attention to Indigenous communities, freshwater management and energy development. Research funding applications have been developed in conjunction with Treaty Eight and Treaty Six First Nations Councils, NGOs and international Institutional partners.

Makere serves in a voluntary capacity as an Expert Member on the three of the Commissions of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN): the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy; CEESP and the Commission on Environmental Law joint Specialist Group on Indigenous Peoples, Customary & Environmental Laws and Human Rights; the Commission on Ecosystem Management (Resilience Thematic Group).


Research Areas and Interests
  • Critical Studies in Governance, Sustainability and Transitions 
  • anthropocenic climate change and planetary stewardship 
  • watersheds and integrative health
  • Indigenous traditional and ecological knowledge systems



    2018 – 2020. Environmental Education Program for Aboriginal and Metis Youth in Alberta, Principal Investigator, with Drs Greg Goss, Cameron Jeffries, Ania Ulrich. Funded by the Government of Alberta

    2015 - 2018. Intersections of Sustainability. Collaborative Research Network on Water Governance, Climate Change and the futures of Communities (PI). Funded by a Kule Institute for Advanced Study Cluster Research Grant.


    2017 -2018. “Learning to Listen and Listening to Learn”, Indigenous Community Engagement, Research and Learning Project. With Dr Ania Ulrich, Principal Investigator, Office of the VP Research and the Faculty of Graduate Studies Award, University of Alberta

    2014-2015. Intersections of Global Change Sustainability Network. Principal Investigator. KULE Institute for Advanced Studies Award.

    2012 - 2013. Indigenous Communities as Stewards of Mother Earth: Responding to the Triple Crisis of Sustainability. KULE Institute for Advanced Studies Award.

    2009-2013. Energy Development and the Prosperity and Wellbeing of Aboriginal Communities in Northern Alberta, Principal Investigator, with Dr. Mark Nuttall and Clifford Cardinal. Social Sciences and Health Research Council Northern Research Initiative Award.

    2008 - 2009. Resource Extraction and Aboriginal Community Development in Northern Alberta. Principal Investigator, Killam Award.

    206-2009. Global Citizenship, Regional Integration and the Revitalisation of Traditional Languages and Cultural Knowledge: Responses to Declining Post-Modern Imperialism. Social Sciences and Health Research Council Standard Research Grant Award.


Courses taught: 

University of Alberta
Graduate Courses
Indigenous Ontologies in the Global Context (EDPS 636)
Citizenship Education in Global Contexts (EDPS 522)
Global Transformations, Indigenous Knowledge and the Crisis of Sustainability (EDPS 528)
Contemporary Issues in Education: Perspectives on Policy and Practice (EDPS 580)
Foundations of Education: Perspectives on Canadian Issues (EDPS 590) 
Critical Indigenous Pedagogies and Transformative Strategies in Education (EDPS 536)
Indigenous Research Methodologies (EDPS 535)
Revitalizing Indigenous languages (EDPS 539)
Undergraduate Courses
History of Native Education in North America (EDPS 432)
Contemporary Issues in First Nations Education in Canada (EDPS 474)

Philosophy of Moral Education (EDPS 456)

Society and Education (EDPS 360)

Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi, New Zealand (1998-2003)

Graduate courses

International Politics and Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Educational Policy 

Issues in Indigenous Studies