University of Calgary

Jacqueline Ottmann

  • Adjunct Associate Professor

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann is Annishinabe (Saulteaux) originally from Saskatchewan. After years of elementary and secondary teaching in public, separate, and private systems in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and a principalship, Jacqueline entered the graduate program at the University of Saskatchewan where she received her M.Ed. then Ph.D. after completing research on First Nations leadership and spirituality and First Nations leadership development. Ottmann has instructed in both the teacher preparation and the graduate program at the U of C since 2004. Dr. Ottmann has presented at educational conferences and has established collaborative research, scholarly and educational relationships in Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Ottmann has been active in research and publications that focus First Nations, Metis and Inuit education, supporting Indigenous students in higher education, Aboriginal language and literacy, First Nations, Indigenous and intercultural leadership and governance, organizational culture and change.

Current Projects:

  • Rocky View School Division, “We see, we feel, we change”, FNMI Education and Teacher Professional Development (2012-2013)
  • Western Northern Canadian Protocol, Charter 3: “Our Way is a Valid Way”, FNMI Education, Teacher Professional Development Resource (2010-2013)
  • Aspen View School Division: Engaging FNMI Educational leaders, facilitating change (2010-2013)


University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan

University of Calgary

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Ottmann is a member of a number of professional organizations related to leadership and Aboriginal education. She frequently attends conferences in these areas.

  • International Leadership Association
  • Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration
  • Canadian Association for the Study of Indigenous Education


Ottmann, J. (2010). Canada’s First Nations People: Ethnicity and Leadership. In C.C. Wolhuter & H.J. Steyn (Eds.). Ethnicity and Educational Policies Education and Ethnicity: comparative perspectives/Education et ethnicité: perspectives compares, pp. 58-80. Potchefstroom, South Africa: Platinum Press.

Ottmann, J., (2010). First Nations Leadership: The Changing Landscape. In K. Anderson (Ed.) The Leadership Compendium: Emerging scholars of Canadian educational leadership, pp. 37-44. Fredericton, NB: The Atlantic Centre for Educational Administration and Leadership.

Ottmann, J., with Pritchard, L. (2010). Aboriginal Perspectives and the Social Studies Curriculum. First Nations Perspectives: The Journal of the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, 3(1), pp. 21-46. Winnipeg, MB, MFNERC.

Ottmann, J. (2010). Institutional Praxis: Change and Establishing Meaningful Partnerships with Indigenous Peoples. Ngoonjook: Batchelor Journal of Aboriginal Education: Special Edition (34), pp. 37-56. Batchelor, NT. Australia, Batchelor Press.

Ottmann, J. (2009). Leadership for Social Justice: A Canadian Perspective. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 4(1), 9pp. Las Vegas: University of Nevada.


  • Truth Award, Northwest Regional Learning Consortium, 2012
  • Dr. Joseph Crowshoe Award, U of C Native Centre and First Nations Student Association, 2010
  • Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow, Australian Catholic University, 2010
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