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Persons Day with Cindy Blackstock

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 10:00

Join us virtually on Wednesday, October 21 at 10:00am for a free event open to the public!  

“Spirit Bear’s Plan to End Inequality for First Nations Children”

Since Confederation, the Canadian government has provided less funding for First Nations public services undermining the ability for First Nations children, youth and families to live the lives they wish to have.  This presentation describes how a growing movement of children is aiming to change that. 

Cindy Blackstock, a member of the Gitxsan First Nation, is a professor at McGill University’s School of Social Work and is Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.  She 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. Cindy 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.  She has been described as "Canada's 'relentless moral voice' for First Nations equality." She has worked for decades as a tireless champion for the rights of Indigenous children and their families. Cindy has over 30 years 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. 

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This event is made possible in partnership with:

Women's and Gender Studies, University of Windsor

Turtle Island Aboriginal Education Centre, University of Windsor

Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, University of Windsor

School of Social Work, University of Windsor

Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre

Can-Am Urban Native Homes

St. Clair College Indigenous Student Support Services

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