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Tricia McGuire-Adams, PhD, MA, HBA, BA

Assistant Professor

Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

About Me


Ph.D. (Human Kinetics), University of Ottawa, 2018 (Dissertation titled Anishinaabeg Women’s Wellbeing: Decolonization through Physical Activity. Funded by a CIHR Doctoral Research Award in First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit Health).

M.A., (Indigenous Governance), University of Victoria, 2010 (Thesis titled Ogichitaakwe Regeneration)

H.B.A., Political Science, Lakehead University, 2003.

B.A., Political Science, Minor in Indigenous Learning, Lakehead University, 2002.



  • March 2018 – present: Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation and Native Studies.
  • July 2017 – March 2018 Assistant Lecturer, Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation and Native Studies.
  • 2016 – 2017 Part-time Professor, University of Ottawa and Algonquin College
  • 2012 – 2013 Director of the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network Secretariat for the National Association of Friendship Centres
  • 2010 – 2012 Research Manager for the National Association of Friendship Centres
  • 2009 – Present: Certified Kettlebell Coach (Agatsu. Inc.)


Dr. McGuire-Adams is from Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek, located in Robinson Superior Treaty territory, and Thunder Bay, Ontario. As an Anishinaabe researcher, she is driven to engage in research that enhances reciprocal relationships and community wellbeing. Her research interests advance Indigenous community understandings of wholistic wellbeing and span Indigenous physical activity, sport, and recreation. Dr. McGuire-Adams’ main areas of research include:

  • Indigenous knowledge regarding wellbeing and physicality
  • Physical activity as a process of decolonization
  • Sport, recreation, health and wellness by/with Indigenous peoples
  • Indigenous research methodologies and community-driven research
  • Theoretical landscapes: Anishinaabeg theory, Indigenous feminist theory, settler colonialism, sociology of sport

Current Research:

Adapting Wiisokotaatiwin (an Indigenous research method) from Urban to Land-Based: Anishinaabeg Elders’ Land-Based Knowledge Transfer Research Project (CIHR Catalyst Grant: Indigenous Approaches to Wellness)


As a cross-appointed faculty member, Dr. McGuire-Adams teaches in the Faculties of Kinesiology, Sport, & Recreation and Native Studies. Currently, she teaches in the online Indigenous Sport and Recreation Graduate Certificate