joannie halas PHD

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Research Areas

My research program investigates issues of access to quality and culturally relevant physical education for Aboriginal and other under-represented youth in physical education, including development and delivery of the Aboriginal youth mentorship programs (AYMP), also known as Rec and Read. Working with Indigenous and northern communities and school partners, my research colleagues and I are collectively exploring how to adapt the Rec and Read mentorship model for delivery in diverse First Nations, Metis and northern communities as well as multicultural contexts within Winnipeg.


  • Culturally relevant physical and health education
  • Critical pedagogies
  • Access to quality physical education for Indigenous youth (and other under-represented groups)
  • Interpretive inquiry
  • Community based research


1) Culturally Relevant Physical Education and Health
2) Research in Kinesiology and Recreation Studies
3) Developmental Games and Activities


  • PhD, University of Alberta (1999)
  • MSc in Kinanthropology, University of Ottawa (1987)
  • Bachelor of Physical Education, University of Manitoba (1982)
  • Teachers' Certificate, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba (1983)

Selected Publications

Halas, J., McRae, H. & Carpenter, A. (2012). The quality and cultural relevance of physical education for Aboriginal youth: Challenges and opportunities. In J. Forsyth & Audrey Giles (Eds.), Red and White: Aboriginal Peoples and Sport in Canada. (pps. 182-205). Vancouver: UBC Press.

Halas, J. (2014). R. Tait McKenzie Scholar’s Address: Physical and Health Education as a Transformative Pathway to Truth and Reconciliation with Aboriginal Peoples. Physical and Health Education Journal, 79 (3), 41-49.

Douglas, D. & Halas, J. (2011): The wages of whiteness: confronting the nature of ivory tower racism and the implications for physical education, Sport, Education and Society, DOI:10.1080/13573322.2011.602395

Carpenter, A., & Halas, J. (2011). Rec and read mentor programs: Building on the strengths, energy and talents of Aboriginal youth. Reclaiming Children and Youth, 20(1), 20-24.

Halas, J. (2011). Aboriginal youth and their experiences in physical education: “This is what you’ve taught me”. PHENex Journal, 3(2), 1-22.


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(On leave Jan.1 - June 30, 2020)
212 Active Living Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2


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