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Fiona Walton

My research takes place primarily in Nunavut and considers questions relating to Inuit educational leadership and the decolonizing of Indigenous education. A recent SSHRC grant (2009) explores parental Involvement in Inuit education. In 2008-2009 I acted as the Principal Investigator in a study considering Mi’kmaq student engagement and success in education on Prince Edward Island. My research is framed by Foucauldian ethics and poststructural theories that consider postcolonial and neocolonial influences on subjectivity and identity.


Bachelor of Arts – University College, Cork, Ireland

Higher Diploma in Education – University College, Cork, Ireland

Master of Education – Queens University, Kingston

Doctor of Education – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto

Associate Professor
(902) 566-0351
Research Interests: 
  • Inuit Educational Leadership
  • Decolonizing Indigenous Education
  • Parental Involvement in Indigenous Education
  • Student Engagement in Indigenous Education
  • Foucauldian Ethics

Walton, F., McAuley, A., Tompkins, J. & Frenette, D. (2009). Lighting the qulliq: The final report on the Master of Education Leadership in Learning (Nunavut). A research report presented to the Department of Education, Government of Nunavut. Faculty of Education, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: Authors.

Walton, F., Favaro, B., Goddard, T., Frenette, D., Cooper, L., Burgess, J. & Peters, N. (2009). Promoting Educational Success for Mi’kmaq Learners on Prince Edward Island. A research report presented to the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: Centre for Education Research, University of Prince Edward Island.

Timmons, V., Walton, F., Roach O'Keefe, A., & Wagner, M. (2008). Families learning together: A family literacy program with Mi'Kmaw communities in Atlantic Canada. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 31(2), 94-109.

Timmons, V., McAuley, A. G. ,Campbell, B., Critchley, K. & Taylor, J. & Walton, F. (with photographs by Carlos Reyes-Manzo). (2008). Voice of the Community. London: Andes Press Agency.

Current Collaborators (non-UPEI): 

Dr. Joanne Tompkins, Faculty of Education, St. Francis Xavier University.

Alice Ladner and Katherine Trumper, District Education Authorities of Nunavut