Christine Añonuevo

PhD Student, Health Sciences
Christine Añonuevo (she/her) is a settler of colour from the Okanagan Valley, who has lived for the past fifteen years on Haida Gwaii, Tsimshian, Witsuwit’en, and Gitxsan territories.

She is a PhD student in the department of Health Sciences at UNBC, under the supervision of Dr. Sarah de Leeuw. Christine’s areas of interest include critical race theory and praxis, intersectional feminism, anti-colonialism and decolonization. Her previous graduate work focused on Filipina/o/x-Canadian formal and informal adult educators and the critical incidents that transformed their relationships with Indigenous communities in BC and the Yukon. This research acts as a catalyst for diasporic populations to reflect on how their migration to the Canada settler colonial state is premised on the dispossession of Indigenous communities.

Using an arts-based approach and research-creation, she will query the health of racialized women/womxn in leadership roles throughout northern BC as they navigate terrains of colonialism, imperialism, racism and sexism. Christine aims to illuminate health inequities experienced by womxn of colour due to institutional, systemic and structural racism, while drawing attention to womxn’s resilience in rematriating relationships with their kinship ties, their communities and the land.

Currently, Christine is an appointed director of the Multicultural Advisory Council to the Province of BC, advising on anti-racism and anti-hate issues.

She loves haskap-flavoured ice cream, learning the medicinal properties of plants and camping with her young family.