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Nicole Ineese-Nash

Assistant Professor, School of Child and Youth Care and School of Early Childhood Studies
EducationMA Early Childhood Studies
Areas of ExpertiseIndigenous children, youth, and communities; Land-based educational research; Early childhood disability.

Boozhoo. Songe Wabigwanikwe niindizhinikaaz, mukwa nindodem, Mamawmattawa nindonjiba. I am Nicole, an Anishinaabe (Oji-Cree) scholar and educator whose work focuses on Indigenous experiences of social systems, understandings of land-knowledge, and community-based research. I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Studies with a minor in psychology from Toronto Metropolitan University before continuing graduate studies in Early Childhood Studies. I am currently a doctoral student at OISE in the Social Justice Education program, specializing in Indigenous health.  

I am currently working as an assistant professor cross-appointed between Early Childhood Studies and Child and Youth Care. My work centers Indigenous youth, families, and communities and seeks to support self-determination and Indigenous resurgence. I am particularly interested in supporting Indigenous youth to connect with their ancestry, land, and cultures. I am the director and founder of Finding Our Power Together, an Indigenous-led non-profit organization supporting youth in realizing their own goals.

 Teaching responsibilities 

  • Indigenous Approaches to Child and Youth Care
  • Indigenous Early Learning
  • Policy in ECS
  • CYC Practice in Developmental Services

Teaching interests

  • Indigenous research methods
  • Land-based pedagogies
  • Indigenous studies

Research interests 

  • Indigenous children & youth
  • Land ontologies
  • Storytelling
  • Social justice education

Research projects 

  • Finding Our Power Together
  • Nigaani Aski (Leading with Land)


  • Ineese-Nash, N. (2020). Mino-Bimaadiziwin Wiidookodaadiwag (Helping each other through the good life): Implications for research and practice with Indigenous communities. In K. Gharabaghi & G. Charles (Eds.), Child and youth care across sectors: Canadian perspective (Vol. 2., pp. 24-38). Candian Scholars Press.

Journal articles:

  • Ineese-Nash, N. (2020). Finding our power together: Working with Indigenous youth and children during COVID-19. Child & Youth Services41(3), 274-276., opens in new window 
  • Ineese-Nash, N. (2019). Is resistance enough? Reflections of identity, politics, and relations in the “in-between” spaces of Indigeneity and settlerhood. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples16(1), 10-17., opens in new window 
  • Ineese-Nash, N. (2020). Disability as a colonial construct: The missing discourse of culture in conceptualizations of disabled Indigenous children. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies9(3), 28-51., opens in new window 
  • Underwood, K., Ineese-Nash, N., & Hache, A. (2019). Colonialism in early education, care, and intervention: A knowledge synthesis. Journal of childhood Studies, 44(4), 21-35., external link, opens in new window
  • Ineese-Nash, N., Bomberry, Y., Underwood, K., & Hache, A. (2017). Raising a child within early childhood dis-ability support systems Shakonehya:ra's ne shakoyen'okon:'a G’chi-gshkewesiwad binoonhyag ᑲᒥᓂᑯᓯᒼ ᑭᑫᑕᓱᐧᐃᓇ ᐊᐧᐊᔕᔥ ᑲᒥᓂᑯᓯᒼ ᑲᐧᐃᔕᑭᑫᑕᑲ: Ga-Miinigoowozid Gikendaagoosowin Awaazigish, Ga-Miinigoowozid Ga-Izhichigetan. Indigenous Policy Journal, 28(3).
  • Ineese-Nash, N. (2018). Gizhaawaso: Culture as a protective factor for Indigenous children with disabilities. eceLINK Peer Reviewed Collection, 2(1).
  • Board of Governors Leadership Award and Medal, 2017
  • Gold Medal, Faculty of Community Services, 2017