Dr. Joanie Crandall grew up in New Brunswick on the unceded traditional territory of the Wolastoqey. She came to be passionate about Indigenous education as an ally after experiencing the privilege of living, learning, and working with Indigenous communities. She lived in a Nêhiyawak community as a teacher and it was her first experience teaching Indigenous learners that inspired her to explore decolonizing education through doctoral studies. She lived on the traditional territory of the Inuit as a principal and on the traditional territories of the Gwich’in and Inuvialuit as an instructional coach. She has experience in educational media, instructional design, as a college director, a multi-disciplinary research centre coordinator, university lecturer, consultant, and online graduate studies educator and supervisor. She is passionate about equity, diversity, inclusivity, and decolonizing education through context-responsive, culturally relevant, interdisciplinary, social justice approaches. In her travels, she has learned a little Plains dialect of Nêhiyawêwin, Nattilingmiutut dialect of Inuktitut, Uummarmiutun dialect of Inuvialuktun, and Ehdiitat dialect of Gwich’in in person; and a little Wolastoqey, Anishininiimowin, Dënesųłiné, Tłı̨chǫ, Mi’kmaq, Anishinaabemowin, and Saulteaux online. She is looking forward to learning the Dakelh language of the Lheidli T’enneh.
Research and Expertise
Areas of Expertise:
Curriculum, decolonizing education, epistemology, educational leadership, Indigenous education, interdisciplinary studies, pedagogy, place-based learning, self-reflexivity, social justice
Currently accepting graduate students
Dr. Joanie Crandall has supervised graduate students who conducted capstone research on leadership, self-efficacy, reading instruction, digital literacy, handwriting instruction, school connectedness, inclusivity, student engagement, collaborative approaches, and Indigenizing education.
Available to be contacted by the media as a subject matter expert