Brenda  Wastasecoot

Assistant Professor, Indigenous Studies

“Nikis memory map: A Cree girl speaks from the past.” Ars Medica Online Journal. Volume 11 No. 1 2015

“Down the flats.” Published in N. J. Sinclair & W. Cariou (Eds.), Manitowapow: Aboriginal writings from the land of water. 2011 Winnipeg, MB: Highwater Press.

“Granny’s Giant Bannock.” A published children’s book. Winnipeg, MB: Pemmican Publications, Inc. 2008

“Culturally appropriate healing and counselling: One woman’s path toward healing.” Published in R. Neil (Ed.), Voice of the drum: Indigenous education and culture. Brandon, MB: King Fisher Publications. 2000


Wastasecoot, Brenda Isabel. “Showing & Telling the Story of Nikis: Arts Based Auto-ethnographic Journeying of a Cree Adult Educator.”


Brenda Wastasecoot (Cree, Ininu) is a Toronto-based writer, poet and storyteller currently teaching in the Centre for Indigenous Studies and Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto. She is originally from Churchill, Manitoba and is a member of the York Factory Cree Nation.

Brenda completed her PhD in Adult Education & Community Deveopment at OISE in 2016, where she delved into her childhood home and growing up Cree in the sixties. This developed into a journey of storytelling her arts based auto-ethnography of “Nikis” and her families experience of the residential school policy.

Upon graduating from her Bachelor of Education degree in Manitoba she was hired not as a school teacher but as a counsellor in the Mental Health field in First Nations communities. Brenda continued her studies and researched “culturally appropriate ways of healing.” When she completed her Master of Education degree she was hired to teach in a counselling degree, the first of its’ kind in Canada: the First Nations & Aboriginal Counselling Degree program. In Toronto, Brenda taught in community programs at Anishnawbe Health Toronto for five years.