A member of the Gitksan Nation, Dr Cindy Blackstock has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights. An author of over 60 publications, her key interests include exploring, and addressing, the causes of disadvantage for Aboriginal children and families by promoting equitable and culturally based interventions.
Working as Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada; Professor in the faculty of Extension, University of Alberta and Founder of First Nations Children’s Action Research and Education Service, her current professional interests include acting as an Expert Advisor to UNICEF on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and holding fellowships with the Atkinson Foundation, the Ashoka Foundation and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.
Our Dreams Matter Too: Children Taking Action to End Inequities for Indigenous Peoples
Professor Cindy Blackstock
Every Valentine’s Day, thousands of children across Canada write Valentines messages to the Prime Minister of Canada so that First Nations children have a fair chance to grow up safely at home, get a good education, be healthy and proud of who they are. While many adults have normalized, and even legitimized, the longstanding racial discrimination toward Indigenous children, children intuitively know it is wrong and are taking peaceful and respectful action to end it. This talk highlights the leadership role that Indigenous and non-Indigenous children and young people are playing to ensure Canada is a country where First Nations children do not have to recover from their childhoods and non-Aboriginal children do not have to grow up to say they are sorry.
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