Brenda Wastasecoot

Indigenous Assistant Professor


Brenda Wastasecoot is Cree from York Factory First Nation and was born in Churchill, Manitoba. Her teaching career began at Brandon University in the First Nations & Aboriginal Counselling Degree from 2000 – 2008. She came to study at OISE Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and completed her Ph.D. in 2016. Her thesis is titled: Showing and Telling the Story of Nikis: An Arts Based Autoethnographic Journey of a Cree Adult Educator. Brenda invites people into her little house Nikis to show the historic impacts of Canada’s Indian Residential School system. Dr. Wastasecoot teaches Indigenous Studies courses in the Faculty of Arts & Science and is also a consultant for staff and faculty at the University of Toronto.