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Nicole Bell

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Associate Professor

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Nicole is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Education. Her research areas include: Indigenous culture-based education, infusion of Indigenous knowledge into public schooling and teacher education, decolonization and healing, and Indigenous research theory and methodology. Nicole is Anishnaabe (Bear Clan) from Kitigan Zibi First Nation in Quebec. She is the mother of five boys and is passionate about Indigenous education, motivated by her educational experiences personally and as a mother.


Books Authored

Culturally Relevant Aboriginal Education. Toronto, ON: Pearson Canada, 2014

The Ways of Knowing Guide. Toronto: Turtle Island Conservation, Toronto Zoo, 2011

Just Do It: Providing Anishinaabe culture-based education. Germany: VDM, 2010.

Chapters in Books

“Anishinaabe Bimaadiziwin: Living Spiritually with Respect, Relationship, Reciprocity, and Responsibility”. In A. Kulnieks, D. Longboat, K. Young. Contemporary Studies in Environmental and Indigenous Pedagogies: A curricula of stories and place. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers, 2013

“Creating Shared Understandings: Meeting Indigenous Education Needs”. In D. Stanley & K. Young. Contemporary Studies in Canadian Curriculum: Principles, portraits, and practices. Detselig, 2011

“Introduction”. In Brock University. Tomorrow is Mine: Responding to the needs of Aboriginal children in education. Brock University: Tecumseh Centre for Indigenous Research, 2009

Papers in Refereed Journals

“Just Do It: Anishinaabe Culture-Based Education”. Canadian Journal of Native Education, vol. 36(1). Pp. 36-58, 2013

“Learning the Good Life: Situating Indigenous research in the academy”. Journal of AlterNative, vol. 1, 2005

Papers in Refereed Conference Proceedings

Anishinaabe Culture-Based Education as Transformative Educational Praxis. World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education. New Zealand, 2005

Peer Reviewed Papers

“Teaching By The Medicine Wheel: An Anishinaabe Framework for Indigenous Education”. Education Canada. Vol. 54(3), 2014

“Eco-Mentorship: A Pre-Service Outdoor Experiential Teacher Education Initiative at Trent University”. With Elliott, P., Rodenburg, J., & Young, K. Pathways: Outdoor Education Journal, 2013


“Learning From the Land and Indigenous People”. In. H. Inwood & S. Jagger. Deeper: Deepening Environmental Education in Pre-service Education Resource. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto, 2014


Culturally Appropriate Library Resources Supporting Aboriginal Perspectives in the Ontario Curriculum Project. Renfrew County District School Board, Pembroke. Included a report of current resources in schools with recommendations for improvement, 2009

Program Review of the Omushkeego Education Aboriginal Teacher Education Program. Aboriginal Teacher Education Program, Queen’s University Kingston, 2008

Report of Research Findings. Canchild Centre For Childhood Disability Research, McMaster University, Hamilton, 2003

Report of Research Findings. Community Action Program for Children, Peterborough Family Resource Centre, Peterborough, 2002

Program Review. Aboriginal Teacher Education Program, Queen’s University, Kingston, 1998

Education Kits

Living in Balance: Teachings of the Medicine Wheel. Burleigh Falls Healing and Wellness Program, Burleigh Falls, 1995