Dr. Cindy Peltier

Cindy Peltier Profile Photo
Associate Professor / Faculty of Arts and Science
Associate Professor / Faculty of Education and Professional Studies - Schulich School of Education
Full-time Faculty
Graduate Program Faculty
BA (Honours), Laurentian University
MA, Laurentian University
BEd, Nipissing University
MLIS, University of Western Ontario
PhD, Laurentian University
Areas of Specialization:

Indigenous education; Indigenous research methods; Community-based research; Indigenous health; Cultural safety; Cancer; Indigenous Healing and Traditional Medicine

Research Interests:

My current research interests include the intersections of health, education and Anishinaabe gikendassowin (Indigenous knowledge) and is centered on concepts such as mno bimaadiziwin (way of a good life) and wiidooktaadyang (we are helping each other). My research has explored the lived experiences of Anishinaabek with cancer and use of Indigenous healing, understanding Indigenous wellness and use of Indigenous research methodologies.

Current Research:

2020 – 2025 CIHR Implementation Team Grant: Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal People, Listening to Children’s Voices - Promoting Indigenous Mental Wellness (I aM Well)
Co-Investigator ($1,500,000)

2020 – 2023 SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Indigenous Research Sovereignty and Governance: Anishinaabek Perspectives on Intellectual Property Rights and Responsibilities
Co-Investigator ($268,324)

2019 – 2021 SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, Reassembling Ontario's "Near North": Reparation through University-Museum-Indigenous Research Partnerships
Co-Investigator ($189,920)

2017 – 2022 CIHR Indigenous Mentorship Network Program Operating Grant, Mno Nimkodadding Geegi (We Are All Connected): The Ontario Node of the Indigenous Mentorship Network Program
Co-Investigator ($1,000,000)

2017 – 2020 Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - Health Systems Research Fund Health Systems Research Fund Award, Evaluation to Action - Integrating the Voices of Aboriginal Children (ETA)
Co-Investigator ($2,086,688)

2017 - 2019 CIHR - Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health Catalyst Grant, Wiidooktaadyang [We are Helping Each Other]: Understanding the Experience of Wellness and Helping in Nipissing First Nation
Principal Investigator ($100,000)

2017 - 2019 CIHR - Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health CIHR Catalyst Grant, An Indigenous Collaborative Care Best Practices Model (ICCBPM): Using Simulated Participant Simulations to Promote Culturally Safe Healthcare along the Cancer Journey
Co-Investigator ($143,286)


McGregor, D., McGregor, L., Peltier, C., & Manitowabi, S. (Forthcoming). Indigenous Leadership and Governance, and Reconciliation. In I. Stefanovic (Ed.), Conversations on Ethical Leadership: Lessons Learned from University Governance (Chapter 9). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Baskin, C., Hare, C., Peltier, C., Lougheed, S., Chabbert, P., Boudreau, C., Bruner, B., & Moir, L. (2020). Biigiiweyan (“coming home”): Social work and health care with Indigenous peoples from competency to safety. Social Work & Policy Studies: Social Justice, Practice and Theory, 3(1), 1-20, https://openjournals.library.sydney.edu.au/index.php/SWPS/issue/view/1005

Peltier, C., Manankil-Rankin, L., McCullough, K., Paulin, M., Anderson, P., & Hanzlik, K. (2019). Self-location and ethical space in wellness research. International Journal of Indigenous Health, 14(2), 44-61. https://doi.org/10.32799/ijih.v14i2.31914

Peltier, C. (2018). An application of two-eyed seeing: Indigenous research methods with participatory action research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 17, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1177/1609406918812346

Peltier, C. (Forthcoming). Indigenous Conceptions of Living Well. In R. Schiff & H. Møller (Eds.), Health and Health Care in the Canadian North (pp. 329-340). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Peltier, C. (Forthcoming). Living the ‘Good Life’ with Cancer. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Peltier, C. (2012). My Indigenous research paradigm: Staying true to my roots. Proceedings of the 2012 Anishinaabewin Niswi (3rd), Deep Roots, New Growth, Multidisciplinary Culture Conference, Sudbury, ON, March 2012, pp. 31-40.

Audio-Visual Productions, Films and Videos:

Peltier, C. & Lucas, S.D. (2020). This was Real. A film developed in partnership with Manitoulin Island First Nation Communities and More than Common Productions.

Film available at:  https://www.morethancommon.com/this-was-real-film-debut

Peltier, C. & Nipissing IMN-Ontario Team. (2018). Working in Relationship with Indigenous Communities. Video in partnership with Nipissing First Nation and Dokis First Nation. Contributors in Order of Appearance:  Dr. Mike DeGagné, Dr. Cindy Peltier, Elder, Carol Guppy, Megan Paulin, Dr. Carly Dokis, Dr. Rénee Bédard, Kimberly Lalonde, Randi Ray, Autumn Varley, Dr. Katrina Srigley, Tanya Lukin-Linklater, Dr. Kirsten Greer, Keithen Sutherland, and Randy Restoule.

Video available at:  https://vimeo.com/276901016


Selected Peer-Refereed Conference Presentations:

Peltier, C. (2019). Cancer and Mino Bimaadiziwin. Together Towards Tomorrow: Emerging Trends in Cancer Care. 2019 Northeast Oncology Conference, Northeast Cancer Centre, Health Sciences North, Sudbury, ON.

Peltier, C., McCullough, K., Manankil-Rankin, L., Paulin, M., Anderson, P., & Hanzlik, K. (2019). Wiidooktaadyang [We are Helping One Another] to Find an Ethical Space for Wellness. The International Institute for Qualitative Methodology 2019 Qualitative Methods Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Peltier, C. (2018). Working in Relationship with Indigenous Communities. Indigenous Mentorship Network-Ontario Summer School. Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON.

Peltier, C. & Linklater-Wong, P. (2018). Pehtahbun-Biidaaban [Dawn of a New Day] Identity and Wellness Workshop. 27th Annual Mushkegowuk Council – Omushkego Education kishay pisim mamawihitowin The Great Moon Gathering, Timmins, ON.

Peltier, C., Manankil-Rankin, L., McCullough, K., DeGagné, M. (2017). Wiidooktaadyang [We are helping one another]: Understanding the Experience of Wellness in Nipissing First Nation. Northern Interprofessional Collaborative for Health Education (NICHE) Conference, North Bay, ON.

Peltier, C. (2016). The Lived Experience of Anishinaabe People with Cancer: A focus on Indigenous healing, Western Medicine and Mino Bimaadiziwin. World Indigenous Cancer Conference – Menzies School of Health, Brisbane, Australia.

Peltier, C., Jacklin, K., Lightfoot, N., James, S. (2015). The Lived Experience of Anishinaabe People with Cancer: A Focus on Indigenous Healing, Western Medicine and Mino bimaadiziwin. Ontario Institute for Cancer Research – Cancer Care Ontario Health Services Research Program 7th Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON.