Cindy Holmes

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Cindy is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health at the University of Northern British Columbia. Her program of research examines the intersections between violence, social inequality, health and place. She completed her PhD at UBC, where her research looked at violence prevention and intervention strategies in lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender communities.

She applies a decolonizing and intersectional feminist framework to address social and health inequities. Her current MSFHR-funded research looks at the intersections between safety, belonging, wellbeing and place in the lives of transgender, two-spirit and gender nonconforming people. This qualitative study uses Photovoice – a community-based participatory action research approach that combines photography, storytelling and social action. At the National Collaborating Centre on Aboriginal Health, Cindy’s research (in collaboration with Dr. Sarah Hunt) examines ‘family violence’ in Indigenous communities in the context of ongoing colonialism and Indigenous resurgence in Canada. Cindy’s scholarship is embedded in over two decades of community-based practice focusing on issues of violence, health and social justice in marginalized communities. This has included anti-violence education, health promotion, trauma counselling, policy analysis, participatory action research and evaluation, and community development. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate students at SFU and UBC.

Cindy is a white queer cisgender femme who was raised on the traditional territory of the Attawandaron people in Guelph Ontario. She is currently a visitor on the traditional and unceded territories of the Musquem, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people in Vancouver BC. She also identifies as a SOFFA (Significant Others, Friends, Families and Allies of Trans People), as a parent of a gender creative child and a partner of a gender nonconforming/masculine woman.