Cynthia Stirbys

Associate Director

CIHR-Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health

Cynthia Stirbys

Associate Director

CIHR-Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health

Biography

Cynthia Stirbys is Saulteaux-Cree from the Cowessess First Nation (SK). She holds
an MA in Conflict Studies and a PhD in Feminist and Gender Studies from the
University of Ottawa (2016). In her research she examined the intergenerational
effects of the Indian residential school experience through Indigenous women’s
sharing of their life stories. Using the Grounded Theory Methodology, Ms. Stirbys
developed a theoretical framework called “Potentializing Wellness” from an
Indigenous perspective. Her research motivation is to optimally advance
Indigenous peoples’ well-being. Ms. Stirbys currently holds the position of
Associate Director at the CIHR-Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health and was
recently appointed Adjunct Professor at SFU.