Dr. Cindy Peltier

Cindy Peltier Profile Photo
Professor / Faculty of Education and Professional Studies - Schulich School of Education
Associate Dean
Full-time Faculty
Graduate Program Associate 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 & Future Research:

I am currently the principal investigator and co-investigator on three Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) grant initiatives at Nipissing University. I hold a CIHR-Indigenous Approaches to Wellness Catalyst Grant for our work with Nipissing First Nation on a research project called Wiidooktaadyang (We are Helping Each Other): Understanding the Experience of Wellness in Nipissing First Nation. I am a co-principal investigator on the CIHR-funded Indigenous Mentorship Network-Ontario grant entitled Mno Nimkodadding Geegi (We Are All Connected): The Ontario Node of the Indigenous Mentorship Network Program. IMN-Ontario is a collaboration of 13 Ontario institutions committed to growing and supporting community-based health research and training opportunities for Indigenous trainees and researchers. Finally, I am a co-investigator on the CIHR-funded An Indigenous Collaborative Care Best Practices Model (ICCBPM): Using Simulated Participant Simulations to Promote Culturally Safe Healthcare along the Cancer Journey a project partnership with Ryerson University and Canadore College.


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). An application of two-eyed seeing: Indigenous research methods with participatory action research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods.

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.

Article Reviews:

Peltier, C. (2017). Article Review for The Canadian Journal of Education. Article Title: Canadian Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Education K-12: A framework for understanding objectives, processes, and outcomes.

Audio-Visual Productions, Films and Videos:

Peltier, C. & Lucas, S.D. (Forthcoming). Creative knowledge dissemination with Indigenous communities: The lived experience of Anishinaabe people with cancer and the use of Indigenous healing and western medicine to promote mno bimaadiziwin.

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

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.