Margaret YungMcKeon

PhD

Biography

Margaret McKeon is an outdoor educator, poet and doctoral candidate in Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. A person of Euro-Settler ancestry, for her dissertation she is creating sound, poetry and stories about land relationship, ancestral knowledges and colonialism. This SSHRC funded research builds on professional work coordinating an outdoor education program in Western Newfoundland as it transformed to also be a strong Mi’kmaw cultural education program, and masters studies that theorized on this weaving process of “indigenization.” Margaret was the founding chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Educators and is a longtime board member of the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication and chairs its Truth and Reconciliation Committee. An organizer with UBC Ecopoetics, her poetry appears in Newfoundland Quarterly, Paragon VI, and Paper Mill Press. She is learning Irish, one of her ancestral languages.

Research

Poetic Inquiry, Lifewriting, Land Relationship, Colonialism