Undermined by Systemic State-based Discrimination
Join Cindy Blackstock to learn about how systemic state-based discrimination undermines the success of First Nations children in Canada and across North America. She will discuss legal and public education and engagement efforts to promote culturally based equality. A member of the Gitxsan First Nation, Blackstock is honoured to serve as the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and a professor at McGill University’s School of Social Work.
- January 14, 2021
- 4 p.m.
- Via Livestream (link will be provided in ticket)
- Tickets: Free for students / $5.00 for seniors / $10 for adults
Cindy Blackstock has over 30 years of experience working in child welfare and Indigenous children’s rights and has published more than 75 articles on topics relating to reconciliation, Indigenous theory, First Nations child welfare and human rights. Blackstock was honoured to work with First Nations colleagues on a successful human rights challenge to Canada’s inequitable provision of child and family services and failure to implement Jordan’s Principle. This hard-fought litigation has resulted in hundreds of thousands of services being provided to First Nations children, youth and families.
Blackstock recently served on the Pan American Health Commission on Health Equity and Inequity and fundamentally believes that culturally-based equity is fundamental to meaningful reconciliation. She is frequently sighted in the company of the Caring Society’s reconciliation Am-bear-rister, Spirit Bear, engaging children in meaningful actions to implement the TRC Calls to Action.
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