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Kim Anderson - University of Guelph. Guelph, ON, CA

Kim Anderson

Associate Professor, Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition | University of Guelph

Guelph, ON, CANADA

Associate Professor, Department of Indigenous Studies



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Kim Anderson is Associate Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her popular book, A Recognition of Being: Reconstructing Native Womanhood (Women's Press/CSPI, 2000), has recently been published as a second edition. She is also the author of Life Stages and Native Women: Memory, Teachings and Story Medicine (University of Manitoba Press, 2011), and is the series co-editor for the Women and Indigenous Studies Series at UBC Press. Dr. Anderson has co-edited books on Indigenous women and activism, Indigenous mothering and Indigenous men and masculinities. She is the author of over thirty book chapters and journals articles; her research interests lie in the areas of health and well-being of Indigenous families, gender and Indigenous peoples, community-based Indigenous research, oral history and Indigenous knowledge translation, and Indigenous environmental knowledge. Anderson is a long-standing advocate for Indigenous women and families and is regularly involved in community-based research and teaching in this area. She has also worked for fifteen years as a consultant on social and health policy for Indigenous communities and organizations.

Industry Expertise (5)


Health and Wellness

Public Policy

Program Development


Areas of Expertise (6)

Oral history and Indigenous knowledge translation

Community-based Indigenous research

Indigenous Masculinities

Indigenous feminism

Gender and Indigenous peoples

Health and well-being of Indigenous families

Accomplishments (1)

Early Researcher Award Province of Ontario (professional)


This is an award that will facilitate a research project entitled "Indigenous Knowledge Transfer: Gender and Life Stage Factors in Indigenous NGO Management."

Education (3)

University of Guelph: Ph.D., History

University of Toronto: M.A., Adult Education/Sociology and Equity Studies

University of Toronto: B.A., English Literature

Languages (1)

  • English

Media Appearances (4)

An act of genocide: Canada's forced sterilization of First Nations women

Intercontinental Cry  online


Dr. Kim Anderson, Cree/Métis writer and fellow Wilfrid Laurier professor who specializes in community engaged research in Indigenous communities, supported Dr. Stote’s statement in a phone conversation with IC. “Genocide is the term for [these] systematic strategies. The ultimate end of sterilization is that people are unable to have children and that’s genocide.”...

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Prime minister statues have no place on our campus

The Toronto Star  online


Ah, Halloween — that time of year when ghosts come out and white folks dress up as Indians. So this year, some of us Indians decided to join in and dress up as Indians too. No doubt I would look great in one of those off-the-shelf “Pocahottie” bimbo costumes. But since I am an Indigenous historian working in Canada, I decided I would go as Big Bear and invite my colleague to be Poundmaker...

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Strengthening the heart: Residential school survivor uses his art as a healing tool

The Record  online


Last year, Meshake and Bruder attended a conference in Barcelona with Kim Anderson, associate professor of indigenous studies at Laurier Brantford. Meshake gave a presentation about language and art and performed with his flute...

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What does it mean to be an indigenous man?

CBC News  online


"Maybe it's time to think through, to be able to build healthier communities as a result of what we know about... the sacredness of men and masculinity," said editor Kim Anderson, who is a Cree and Métis educator and professor at Wilfrid Laurier University...

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Research Grants (3)

Biidwewidam Indigenous Masculinities

SSHRC Partnership Grant 

The Biidwewidam Indigenous Masculinities (BIM) project is committed to building research capacity around Indigenous masculinities and identities with the intent of contributing to the health and wellness of Indigenous communities and peoples. This project is a collaborative effort, between Aboriginal organizations, scholars working in Canadian Universities, and Indigenous communities. It is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres (OFIFC). Community partners include the OFIFC and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN).

Indigenous Knowledge Transfer: Gender and Life Stage Factors in Indigenous NGO Management

Province of Ontario, Early Researcher Award $150,000


This research will increase understanding of Indigenous NGO culture-based management models and in particular the role of gender and age in Indigenous NGO development. A primary deliverable will be the documentation of the role of knowledge transfer through intergenerational collaboration and gender equity in the development of a large urban Indigenous NGO, the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, as well as in three member Friendship Centres.

Indigenous Knowledge Transfer in Urban Aboriginal Communities

SSHRC $329,085


This study explores how urban Indigenous communities articulate mechanisms and obligations for Indigenous knowledge transfer. The role of urban Indigenous institutions are examined through methods which include concept mapping, symbol analysis, storytelling, principles of reflexivity (including observational and experiential learning), intergenerational narratives, and Indigenous teachings.

Articles (4)

Traditional and Indigenous Knowledge

The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies

2016 Traditional indigenous societies were gendered in terms of roles and responsibilities for men and women. This was determined according to physical capacity and what males and females could contribute toward the survival of people in these land- ...

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Indigenous masculinities: Carrying the bones of the ancestors

Canadian men and masculinities: Historical and contemporary perspectives

2012 The meeting room in downtown Toronto has about 20 Indigenous men and a handful of women seated facing each other around long tables. They are here to take part in a provincial training program, Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin (Ojibway phrase that translates to “I ...

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Leading by action: Female chiefs and the political landscape

Restoring the balance: First Nations women, community and culture

2009 The ultimate show of sovereignty is taking responsibility to make your own decisions. At the same time you also have to take responsibility for the consequences. I think that it is going to have to be the women that take that message forward. We have the role of keeping the ...

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Notokwe Opikiheet- "Old-Lady Raised": Aboriginal Women's Reflections on Ethics and Methodologies in Health Research

Canadian Woman Studies

2008 Research into the health of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples in Canada is of increasing interest and concern, and has been the locus of much activity in recent years. At the core of this emerging research agenda is dialogue around appropriate methodologies and ethical considerations...

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