Cyndy Baskin

Associate Professor
School of Social Work | Ryerson University

Her teaching and research interests involve working with Indigenous communities – especially on how Indigenous worldviews can inform the helping professions, spirituality in professional and personal lives, healing justice, murdered and missing Indigenous women and decolonizing research methodologies. She is also a prolific writer with the second edition of her latest book, Strong helpers’ teachings: The value of Indigenous knowledges in the helping professions, to be published in the summer of 2016.Cyndy is the Chair of Ryerson University’s Aboriginal Education Council, the Academic Coordinator of the Chang School of Continuing Education’s Certificate in Indigenous Knowledges and Experiences, Board President of Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto and board member of Native Men’s Residence of Toronto.

Research Projects

Expanding the Circle: Aboriginal People With Disabilities Focus on Rights
Co-Principal Investigators: Marcia Rioux, Cyndy Baskin
Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)




Understanding and Reducing the Impact of Vehicular Injury in First Nations, Inuit and Metis Communities 
Co-Principal Investigators: Brent Angell, Cyndy Baskin
Funding: Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) & AUTO21



Understanding Social Work Practice in Northern Canada
Co-Principal Investigators: Susan Preston, Cyndy Baskin
Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant



Developing Collaborative Relationships Between Aboriginal Members, Substance Misuse Treatment Counsellors and Child Protection Workers 
Co-Principal Investigators: Cyndy Baskin, Carol Strike, Bela McPherson
Funding: Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR)



Which of the Following is NOT an Essential Service o Roads o Schools o Food Access? Exploring Food Security with Young Aboriginal Moms
Co-Principal Investigators: Cyndy Baskin
Funding: Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR)



Exploring Indigenous Youth Identities in Canada and Brazil Through Food Security
Co-Principal Investigators: Cyndy Baskin, Carol Strike, Bela McPherson
Funding: Centre for Studies in Food Security & Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University



Social Determinants of the Health of Homeless Aboriginal Youth Principal Investigator
Co-Principal Investigators: Cyndy Baskin
Funding: Wellesley Central Health Corporation




  • Aboriginal Men’s Orientation Program (Principle Investigator)
  • Turning Full Circle: Substance Abuse Program For Aboriginal Men (Principal Investigator)
  •  Family Violence Program for Aboriginal Men (Principal Investigator)
  •  Aboriginal Men’s Program For Sexual Offenders (Principal Investigator) – Funded by the Ministry of Safety & Correctional Services

>> VIEW ALL of Cyndy Baskin’s research projects.

Selected Publications