Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education
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Heather McGregor

Assistant Professor of Curriculum Theory, Graduate Faculty

Dr. Heather McGregor is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. Through her research and scholarly activities she is active in the fields of Arctic and Indigenous education, historical thinking and historical consciousness in history education, and the history of Canadian education. Whatever her focus, Dr. McGregor maintains a commitment to, and curiosity about, decolonizing approaches to teaching, learning and research. 

Heather was born in Yellowknife, raised in Iqaluit and continues to pursue research in the Canadian Arctic. Her Masters research was published in 2010 as an historical monograph by UBC Press, entitled Inuit Education and Schools in the Eastern Arctic. In 2015, Heather completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia in Curriculum Studies. Her dissertation documented decolonizing initiatives in the Nunavut Department of Education between the years 2000-2013. During Heather’s 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa she conducted an ethnographic and evaluative project with Students on Ice, inquiring into the program’s impacts on Inuit and Northern youth. Heather also brings experience writing history curriculum, teaching resources and professional development materials through the Department of Education, Government of Nunavut as well as the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History project.

Dr. McGregor has published her SSHRC-funded research at the doctoral and post-doctoral levels in a range of history and education journals, both in Canada and internationally. Her current funded research projects include Thinking Historically for Canada’s Future (P.I. Carla Peck, UofA, SSHRC-funded through 2026), and Effective teachers for successful students: An investigation of the preparation and resiliency of Northern educators (P.I. Ruth Kane, UofO and Kathy Snow, UPEI, Arctic-Net funded through 2022).

Research Interests 

  • Inuit & Indigenous education
  • Education in the Arctic
  • Decolonizing education & research
  • Curriculum theory
  • History of education
  • Historical thinking & Historical Consciousness
Selected Publications




  • McGregor, H.E. (2019). Time chased me down, and I stopped looking away. In C. Coates & G. Wynne (Eds.), The Nature of Canada (334-351). On Point Press.
  • McGregor, C.A. & McGregor, H.E. (2017). Teacher education in and for the North: Programs and place in Northwest Territories and Nunavut. In T. Christou (Ed.), Canadian Teacher Education: A Curriculum History (pp. 213-230). Studies in Curriculum Theory Series, Routledge.
  • McGregor, H.E. & McGregor, C.A. (2017). When oral history calls on you: Stories from Nunavut. In K. Llewellyn & N. Ng-A-Fook (Eds.), Oral History and Education: Theories, Dilemmas and Practices (pp. 87-105). Palgrave Macmillan US.