University of Calgary

Gregory Lowan-Trudeau

  • Assistant Professor

Currently Teaching


Dr. Lowan-Trudeau is a Métis scholar and educator originally from Calgary who was happy to return to join the Werklund School of Education in 2013. Childhood journeys on the lakes, rivers, trails, mountains, coastal waters and beaches of the West, exposure to cultural teachings, and family stories inspired him to pursue a career as a land-based science and environmental educator. Over the past fifteen years, Dr. Lowan-Trudeau has combined academic study with professional practice and travel across Canada and around the world. Most recently, he was an assistant professor of Indigenous environmental studies in the Department of First Nations Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. Dr. Lowan-Trudeau has also lectured in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University and worked with learners of all ages through a wide range of educational organizations.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Lowan-Trudeau’s research and teaching interests include land-based education; Indigenous science and environmental education; traditional ecological knowledge and philosophy; community and environmental planning; the relationship between pedagogy and activism; Métis languages, histories, and cultures; Japanese ecological knowledge and philosophy; métissage; and interpretive and Indigenous research methodologies.

Current Projects:

  • Protest as Pedagogy: Exploring Ecological Activism in Indigenous Contexts Funding: U of C VPR Starter Grant
  • Considering Indigenous Ecological Knowledge in Culturally Complex Contexts: A Multi-Stage Research Initiative Funding: SSHRC & Killam Doctoral Fellowships (past), UNBC (past) & U of C Start-Up Grants


PhD Educational Contexts
University of Calgary

MEd (Thesis) Educational Studies
Lakehead University

BEd (1st Class) Outdoor, Ecological, and Experiential Education
Lakehead University

BKin Kinesiology
University of Calgary

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Lowan-Trudeau offers his support formally and informally to a number of academic, professional, and community organizations. He regularly acts as a reviewer with a wide range of academic and professional journals, organizes and participates in conferences and community events, and partners with local educators and organizations in research and educational initiatives.

  • University of Northern British Columbia, Department of First Nations Studies, Adjunct Professor
  • Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, Advisory Editor
  • North American Association for Environmental Education, Member
  • Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication, Member


Lowan-Trudeau, G. (in press). Your backyard, the final frontier: Considering adventure education from an Indigenous perspective. In R. Black & K. Bricker (Eds.) Adventure Programming and Travel for the 21st Century. State College, PA: Venture Publishing.

Lowan-Trudeau, G. (2013). Considering ecological métissage: To blend or not to blend? Journal of Experiential Education. DOI: 10.1177/1053825913511333

Lowan-Trudeau, G. (2013). Navigating the wilderness between us: Exploring ecological métissage as an emerging vision for environmental education in Canada [Thesis Synopsis]. Environmental Education Research, 19(2), 253-254.

Lowan-Trudeau, G. (2013). Indigenous environmental education research in North America: A brief review. In R. Stevenson, M. Brody, J. Dillon & A.E.J. Wals (Eds.), International Handbook of Environmental Education Research (pp. 404-408). New York: Routledge & The American Educational Research Association.

Lowan-Trudeau, G. (2012). Methodological métissage: An interpretive Indigenous approach to environmental education research. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 17, 113-130.


  • 2010 Killam Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (2 years)
  • 2008 University of Calgary Dean’s Research Excellence Award (2 years)
  • 2008 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (4 years)
  • 2008 University of Calgary Queen Elizabeth II Doctoral Scholarship (Hon.)
  • 2007 SSHRC Master’s Scholarship

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