Braden Te Hiwi

(He, Him, His)

Assistant Professor

Indigenous Studies
Currently on leave
Other Titles: Program Coordinator for the Indigenous Studies Program
Office: ART 252
Phone: 250.807.8038

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Indigenous Health, Indigenous peoples sport and physical activity, Indigenous History, Community based research, Indigenous methodologies.

Courses & Teaching

INDG: 100 Introduction to Indigenous Studies; INDG: 309 Indigenous Perspectives on Health; INDG: 319 Indigenous Perspectives on Health and Physical Activity


Ko Oroua te awa (Oroua is the river)
Ko Tararua ngā maunga (Tararua is the mountain)
Ko Tainui te waka (Tainui is the canoe)
Ko Ngāti Raukawa te iwi (Ngāti Raukawa is the tribe)
Ko Ngāti Kauwhata te hapū (Kauwhata is the tribal unit)
Ko Kauwhata, Ko Aorangi, Ko Tūkorehe ngā marae (Kauwhata, Aorangi, Tūkorehe are the marae)
Ko Braden Te Hiwi ahau (I am Braden Te Hiwi)

Ngā mihi and welcome to my website page.

I am an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies. As a Maori (Ngāti Raukawa) of the Manawatu region of Aotearoa/New Zealand, I am happy to be a guest on the unceded and traditional territories of the Syilx Peoples.

The central aim of my research is to further promote and understand how Indigenous peoples’ health and physical activity are to be grounded in Indigenous realities, worldviews, and experiences, while also attending to historical and contemporary impacts of colonialism. My research has two interconnected streams. My primary focus reframes Indigenous Peoples, cultures, knowledges, and capacities as central to a promising health future. This includes first, that my research is locally focused, community-based, and co-created in partnership with Indigenous and community leadership, vision, and voice. And second, that an Indigenous research agenda, methodologies, theory, ethics and protocols are its foundation.


2015, Ph.D., (Kinesiology) The University of Western Ontario
2009, M.H.K .,(Sport Management), University of Windsor
2004, B.Ph.Ed., (Sport and Leisure Studies), Otago University, New Zealand

Research Interests & Projects

Project Title: Indigenous Digital Wellness: Indigenous Masculinity, Identity, and Wellbeing in Male Youth

  • Primary Investigator: Braden Te Hiwi
  • Co-Investigator(s): Ali MacManus
  • Community partner(s): Indigenous Programs and Services
  • Funder: Canadian Health Institutes of Research

Project Title: Patient-engaged priority setting and mental health data in the Okanagan Nation 

  • Primary Investigator: Braden Te Hiwi
  • Co-Investigator(s): Jeannette Armstrong and Mike Evans
  • Community partner(s): Okanagan Nation Alliance
  • Funder: BC Support Unit

Project Title: Urban Indigenous Wellness

  • Primary Investigator(s): Donna Kurtz and Gabrielle Legault
  • Co-Investigator(s): Shawn Wilson, Braden Te Hiwi, Peter Hutchinson, Sarah de Leeuw, Margo Greenwood, Skye Babic
  • Community partner(s): Interior Health, Cariboo Friendship Society, Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society, Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, Lillooet Friendship Centre, Metis Community Services Society of BC, and the North Okanagan Friendship Center Society.
  • Funder: UBC: Eminence fund for Clusters of Research Excellence

Selected Publications & Presentations

Note: not all links below are available to the public

Year Publication
2021 Te Hiwi, B. (2021) “A Lack of Homelike Surroundings”: Resident Health, Home, and Recreational Infrastructure at Pelican Lake Indian Residential School, 1952–1962. Histoire Sociale/Social History, 54(110), 99-125.
2021 Locke, S. R., Dix, G., Te Hiwi, B., Oelke, N. D., Rush, K. L., Berg, S., … & Ginis, K. A. M. (2021). Improving Diabetes Care in the British Columbia Southern Interior: Developing Community-University Initiatives to Address Service Gaps. Canadian Journal of Diabetes45(1), 5-14.
2021 Alexandra Giancarlo, Janice Forsyth, Braden Te Hiwi & Taylor McKee (2021.) Methodology and Indigenous memory: using photographs to anchor critical reflections on Indian residential school experiencesVisual Studies, 36(4-5). 406-420. DOI: 10.1080/1472586X.2021.1878929
2017 Te Hiwi, B. “Unlike their Playmates of Civilization, the Indian Children’s Recreation must be Cultivated and Developed”: The Administration of Physical Education at Pelican Lake Indian Residential School, 1926–1944. Historical Studies in Education/Revue d’histoire de l’éducation, 29(1), 99-118.
2017 Te Hiwi, B. and Forsyth, J. “A Rink at this School is Almost as Essential as a Classroom:” Hockey and Discipline at Pelican Lake Indian Residential School, 1945-1951. Canadian Journal of History 52(1), 80-108.
2016 Harris, S., Tomkins, J. W. and Te Hiwi, B. Call to Action: A New Path for Improving Diabetes Care for Indigenous Peoples, A Global Review. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 123, 120-133.
2016 Rice, K., Te Hiwi, B., Zwarenstein, M., Lavallee, B., Barre, E. and Harris, S. Best Practices for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes and Obesity-Related Chronic Disease among Indigenous peoples in Canada: A Review. Canadian Journal of Diabetes 40(3), 216-225.


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