A member of the Gitxsan First Nation, Cindy Blackstock serves as the Executive Director of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society and is a professor at McGill University’s School of Social Work. Selkirk College’s Indigenous Services and the Mir Centre for Peace is inviting the entire community to take in the January 14 event that will be presented online starting at 4 p.m.
A member of the Gitxsan First Nation, Cindy Blackstock has more than 30 years of experience working in child welfare and Indigenous children’s rights. Selkirk College will welcome the McGill University professor to the Truth & Justice Speaker Series in a virtual presentation on January 14.
“Cindy is a champion for the health of Indigenous children across the country, we are excited to have her knowledge and experience be part of this ongoing series,” says Selkirk College Indigenous Counsellor Leah Lychowyd. “Her presentation will help us all understand the challenges faced by First Nations peoples living on and off reserve, and the deep-rooted inequity that continues to cause harm to Indigenous peoples.”
With three decades of experience working in child welfare and Indigenous children’s rights, Blackstock has published more than 75 articles on topics relating to reconciliation, Indigenous theory, First Nations child welfare and human rights. She recently worked with First Nations colleagues on a successful human rights challenge to Canada’s inequitable provision of child and family services, and the country’s failure to implement Jordan’s Principle.
The January 14 presentation is free to Selkirk College students, $5 for seniors and $10 for adults. Tickets can be purchased online.