Dr. Onowa McIvor

Director of Indigenous Education, Faculty of Education, University of Victoria.

Onowa is of Swampy Cree and Scottish-Canadian ancestry, born and raised in Northern Saskatchewan. The University of Victoria drew Onowa to the west coast many years ago as an undergraduate student. She went on to complete a Master of Arts degree in Child and Youth Care focusing her thesis research on Indigenous Early Childhood Immersion language programs. She has worked for the past ten years in various capacities with Indigenous communities but most recently in the areas of Indigenous Early Childhood education, care and development and Indigenous language revitalization.



McIvor, O. & Napoleon, A. (2009). Language and culture as protective factors for at-risk communities. Journal of Aboriginal Health, 5(1), pp. 6-25.

McIvor, O. (2009). Strategies for Indigenous language revitalization and maintenance. Encyclopedia of Language and Literacy Development, pp. 1-12. London, ON:Canadian Language and Literary Research Network.

McIvor, O. (2005). The contribution of Indigenous heritage language immersion programs to healthy early childhood development. Research Connections Canada: Supporting Children and Families, Vol. 12, pp. 5-20. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Child Care Federation.

McIvor, O. (2004). Preserving Indigenous language use through early childhood care and development programs. The Early Childhood Educator: The Journal of Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia, pp. 17-18.