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Faculty of Community Services

Cyndy Baskin

Title:

BA, BSW, MSW, PhD

Telephone:

416-979-5000, ext. 6217

Email Address:

cbaskin@ryerson.ca

Biography:

Cyndy Baskin is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Ryerson University. Of Mi’kmaq and Celtic Nations, she is of the Fish Clan and is known as the Woman Who Passes on the Teachings.

She is the academic coordinator of Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education Certificate in Indigenous Knowledges and Experiences in Canada and serves as the chair of Ryerson University’s Aboriginal Education Council. Baskin is a member of various boards and committees of Aboriginal agencies across Toronto.

Research Interests:

Baskin’s research focuses on structural determinants of health, connections between child welfare and substance misuse treatment with Indigenous women, food and water security, missing and murdered Indigenous women, and youth wellness in Indigenous communities, with an emphasis on the implementation of Indigenous research methodologies.

Research projects:

 

  • Project: Family Factors Surrounding Aboriginal Homelessness.
  • Year: 2018 – 2023
  • Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Funding received: $222,000
  • Funded by: SSHRC

 

  • Project: An Indigenous Collaborative Care Best Practices Model (ICCBPM): Using Simulated Participant Simulations to Promote Culturally Safe Healthcare along the Cancer Journey
  • Year: 2017 – 2019
  • Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Funding received: $143,286
  • Funded by: CIHR Catalyst Grant

 

  • Project: “Pekiwewin (Coming Home)”: Clinical Practice Guidelines for Health and Social Service Providers Working With Indigenous People Experiencing Homelessness
  • Year: 2017 – 2019
  • Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Funding received: $62,306
  • Funded by: Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital

 

  • Project: The Disappearing, Murders, and Selling of Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit People (Pilot Project)
  • Year: 2017 – 2018
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Funding received: $5,000
  • Funded by: Ryerson University Aboriginal Education Council

 

  • Project: Trafficking of Indigenous Women and Girls (Pilot Project)
  • Year: 2017 – 2018
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Funding received: $9,000.
  • Funded by: Ryerson University Aboriginal Education Council

 

  • Project: Understanding social work practice in Northern Canada.
  • Year: 2016.
  • Role: Co-principal investigator.
  • Funding received: $74,958.
  • Funded by: SSHRC Insight Development Grant.

 

  • Project: Understanding and reducing the impact of vehicular injury in First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities.
  • Year: 2015.
  • Role: Co-principal investigator.
  • Funding received: $8,000.
  • Funded by: AUTO21 Research Grant.

 

  • Project: Understanding and reducing the impact of vehicular injury in First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities.
  • Year: 2013.
  • Role: Co-principal investigator.
  • Funding received: $300,000.
  • Funded by: CIHR and AUTO21 Research Grant.

 

  • Project: Expanding the circle: Aboriginal people with disabilities focus on rights.
  • Year: 2012.
  • Role: Co-principal investigator.
  • Funding received: $165,000.
  • Funded by: SSHRC Research Grant.

Current Courses:

Baskin’s teaching is primarily focused on bringing Indigenous worldviews into social work education for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. Thus, she develops and teaches courses which focus on this area and ensures that this content is integrated into all of the other courses she instructs. She also has a strong teaching emphasis on how social work theory, practice, research and policy interact and impact on one another. With several years’ experience as a front line social worker, she also has a practice based emphasis in her teaching.

Selected Publications:

Peer-reviewed publications

Articles:

  • Baskin, C. (Accepted). Sovereignty, colonization and resistance: 150 years of social work with Indigenous Peoples. Special Edition of Canadian Social Work Journal. Edited by A. Dylan & C. Baldwin.
  • Baskin, C. (2016). Spirituality: The core of healing and social justice from an Indigenous perspective. New Directions in Adult and Continuing Education, 152, 51-60. doi:10.1002/ace.20212.
  • Baskin, C. and Sinclair, D. (2015). Social Work with Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Encyclopedia of Social Work.
  • Baskin, C., Strike, C. & McPherson, B. (2015). Long time overdue: An examination of the destructive impacts of policy and legislation on pregnant and parenting Aboriginal women and their children. International Indigenous Policy Journal 6(1).
  • Baskin, C. & Davey, C. (2014). Grannies, Elders and friends: Aging Aboriginal women in Toronto. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.
  • Baskin, C. (2010). The spirit of belonging: Indigenous practices in conflict transformation. Journal of community corrections. 19(1), 9 – 16.

Books:

  • Baskin, C. & Davey, C. (2017). Parallel pathways to decolonization: Critical and Indigenous social work. In S. Wehbi & H. Parada (Eds.), Reimagining anti-oppression social work practice. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.
  • Baskin, C. (Accepted). Sovereignty, colonization and resistance: 150 years of social work with Indigenous Peoples. Special Edition of Canadian Social Work Journal. Edited by A. Dylan & C. Baldwin.
  • Baskin, C. (2016). Strong Helpers’ Teachings: The value of Indigenous knowledges in the helping professions (2nd edition). Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.
  • Baskin, C. (2011). Strong Helpers’ Teachings: The value of Indigenous knowledges in the helping professions. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.


Book chapters:

  • Baskin, C. & Cornacchia, C. (Accepted). Classrooms as circles: Sharing Indigenous worldviews in education. In R. Csiernik & S. Hillock (Eds.), Teaching Social Work: Pedagogy and Practice. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Baskin, C., Andrews, C. & Razavi, S. (Accepted). Spirituality and social justice through art: Inspiration, unity and action. In N.J. Profitt & C. Baskin, C. (Eds.), Spirit in the Quest of an Equitable World: Spirituality, Social Justice, and Social Work. Canadian Scholars’ Press.
  • Baskin, C. The role of social work in the lives of Indigenous Peoples. (Accepted). In N. Ives, M. Denov & T. Sussman (Eds.), Introduction to social work in Canada: Histories, contexts and practices (2nd Edition). Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.
  • Baskin, C. & Davey, C. (2017). Parallel pathways to decolonization: Critical and Indigenous social work. In S. Wehbi & H. Parada (Eds.), Reimagining anti-oppression social work practice. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.
  • Baskin, C. & Sinclair, D. (2017). Social work and Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Encyclopedia of Social Work. New York: National Association of Social Workers and Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.953. Retrieved from http://socialwork.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.001.0001/acrefore-9780199975839-e-953?print=pdf
  • Baskin, C. (2016). Evolution and revolution: Healing approaches with Aboriginal adults. In R. Sinclair, M. Hart & G. Bruyere (Eds.). Wicihitowin: Aboriginal social work in Canada (2nd  edition). Halifax: Fernwood Publishing.
  • Baskin, C., Strike, C. & McPherson, B. (2016). Towards the wellbeing of Aboriginal mothers and their families: You can’t mandate time. In Anderson, K. & Lavell-Harvard, M.  (Eds.). In Mothers of the Nations: Indigenous Mothering as Global Resistance Reclaiming and Recovery. Toronto: Demeter Press.
  • Baskin, C. (2015). The role of social work in the lives of Aboriginal Peoples. In N. Ives, M. Denov & T. Sussman  (Eds.). Introduction to social work in Canada: Histories, contexts and practices. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.
  • Baskin, C. (2012). Systemic oppression, violence and healing in Aboriginal Communities. In Alaggia, R & Vine, C. (Eds.). Cruel but not Unusual: Violence in Canadian families (2nd edition). A sourcebook for educators & practitioners (2nd edition). (pp. 147-178). Kitchener: Wilfred Laurier University Press.
  • Baskin, C., Strike, C. & McPherson, B. (2012). Women of the shining light: A story from the southern direction. In R. Sinclair (Ed.). Kiskeyihtamowin: Aboriginal social work theory, praxis and critique. Winnipeg: Brunswick Press.
  • Baskin, C. (2012). Aboriginal youth talk about structural determinants as the cause of their homelessness. In M.J. Cannon & L. Sunseri (Eds.). Racism, colonialism and Indigeneity in Canada. Toronto: Oxford University Press.
  • Baskin, C. (2010). Challenges, connections and creativity: Anti-violence work with racialized women. In J. Fong (Ed.). Out of the shadows: Woman abuse in ethnic, immigrant and Aboriginal communities. Toronto: Women’s Press.

Publicly-reviewed publications

Research reports:

  • Baskin, C., Strike, C. & McPherson B. (2012). Developing Collaboration between pregnant/parenting Aboriginal women with substance use problems, drug treatment counsellors and child welfare workers.

Position Currently Held:

Associate Professor

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  • Office location: EPH-212, Eric Palin Hall