Born on April 25, 1958, in Victoria, British Columbia, Wheeler attended high school in Port Albeni before moving to Manitoba and graduating there. Upon her marriage in 1975 to her first husband, she became a member of the Fisher River First Nation. She earned a BA in History at the University of Manitoba (1986), an MA in History at the University of British Columbia (1988), and a PhD in Ethnic/Native American Studies, at the University of California, Berkeley (2000). In 1988 Wheeler became an assistant professor in the Department of Native Studies, University of Saskatchewan; in 1996 she moved to what is now the First Nations University of Canada, Saskatoon Campus, where she is Dean.

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