Culturally Relevant Physical Education: Educative Conversations with Mi’kmaw Elders and Community Leaders

  • Daniel B. Robinson St. Francis Xavier University
  • Joe Barrett Brock University
  • Ingrid Robinson St. Francis Xavier University
Keywords: culturally relevant, physical education, Aboriginal education


This paper presents results from a recently completed inquiry that investigated culturally relevant physical education for Aboriginal students. Employing a decolonizing research methodology (storywork), we engaged seven Mi’kmaw Elders and three Mi’kmaw community physical activity/education leaders in conversations about culturally relevant physical education. Attending to Halas, McCrae, and Carpenter’s (2012) framework for culturally relevant physical education, we share our findings related to Mi’kmaw students and school communities. The results ought to be of notable interest to those who share an interest in culturally relevant pedagogy, physical education, and/or Aboriginal education.


Author Biography

Daniel B. Robinson, St. Francis Xavier University
Daniel B. Robinson, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at St. Francis Xavier University.