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Yvonne Poitras Pratt

Pronouns: she/her


Associate Professor

Werklund School of Education, Specialization, Adult Learning


UCalgary Research Excellence Chair

University of Calgary

Rupertsland Centre for Metis Research Research Affiliate

University of Alberta

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Transdisciplinary research with a specific focus on how education might work with others on questions of decolonizing and Indigenizing is where we might together work to create a better world.


Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy Communications, University of Calgary, 2011

M.A. Communications, University of Calgary, 2005

B.A. Canadian Studies; minor Education, University of Calgary, 2002


Dr. Yvonne Poitras Pratt is a card-holding citizen of the Metis Nation of Alberta whose family ancestry traces to the historic Red River Settlement and, more recently, to the Fishing Lake Métis Settlement in northeastern Alberta. Dr. Poitras Pratt served as Associate Director, Métis Education, at Rupertsland Institute from 2012-13. She joined the Werklund School of Education in 2013 and earned tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2018. Yvonne teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate level and specializes in Indigenous education. Dr. Poitras Pratt has earned multiple awards for her teaching and research activities, including: the 2018 Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA) Distinguished Academic Early Career Award, the Werklund Teaching Excellence Award in 2016, the Students Union Teaching Excellence Award in 2017, Werklund Community Engagement Award in 2021, the Alan Blizzard National Award for Collaborative Teaching in 2021, and most recently the University of Calgary Faculty Association Community Service Award in 2023. 

Her book Digital Storytelling in Indigenous Education: A Decolonizing Journey for a Métis Community has sold over 270 copies around the world and her most recent publication, Truth and reconciliation through education: Stories of decolonizing practices features alumni stories from the “Indigenous education: A Call to Action” graduate program that Dr. Poitras Pratt designed with colleagues in 2016.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Poitras Pratt offers her expertise within Indigenous education to a variety of stakeholders, including educational leaders and community organizations; importantly, a large component of her efforts are dedicated to supporting fellow Metis in achieving their educational aspirations.


Areas of Research

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Poitras Pratt’s research concentrates on the multiple ways in which transformative learning can be invoked within classrooms and at the community level through experiential learning and creative imaginings. In her 2019 Routledge Press publication, Digital Storytelling in Indigenous Education: A Decolonizing Journey for a Métis Community, Yvonne ethnographically explores the process and potential of digital storytelling to revitalize oral traditions and foster intergenerational learning within Métis communities. Her scholarship builds on the use of media, and other aesthetic expressions, as catalysts for transformative learning within difficult learning environments. Dr. Poitras Pratt publishes in the area of reconciliatory pedagogy, critical service-learning, Indigenous education, anti-racism and social justice studies, with a special interest in the integration of arts in a variety of learning environments.

  • Indigenous education
  • Reconciliation (Indigenous/Non-Indigenous Relations in Canada) 
  • Transformative education
  • Métis education
  • Métis research and ethics
  • Integrating technology in education
  • Adult learning and community development
  • Integration of arts in education
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Critical service-learning
  • Social justice and equity in education

Participation in university strategic initiatives


Course number Course title Semester
EDER 655.16 Decolonizing through Arts and Media Summer 2023
EDER 655.15 Decolonizing Theory Summer 2023
EDUC 530 Indigenous Education Fall 2021


Past projects
  • Tea, bannock, and a narrative tradition (Werklund Community Engagement grant to explore the use of Metis digital stories within the Alberta K-12 curriculum)
  • Teaching Scholars (2016-19) Program: Building stronger connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, schools, and communities through praxis-based learning opportunities (PI, with Dr. Patricia Danyluk)
  • Moving toward critical service-learning as a signature pedagogy in Aboriginal communities: Why good intentions are not enough (PI, with Dr. Patricia Danyluk)
  • Exploring power and privilege within responses to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit education: Improving our teaching practice through ‘difficult learning’ (PI, with Dr. Aubrey Hanson)


  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Metis Nation of Alberta - Region 3. 2023
  • Faculty Association (TUCFA) Community Service Award, University of Calgary. 2023
  • Alan Blizzard Award for Collaborative Teaching, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 2021
  • Werklund Community Engagement Award, 2021
  • Students Union Teaching Excellence Award, 2017
  • Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA) Distinguished Academic Early Career Award , 2018
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarship (2005-2008), 2006
  • Werklund Teaching Excellence Award, 2016
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Masters Scholarship (2003), 2005