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Towards a Hopeful Future: In Conversation with Cindy Blackstock

Voice in conversation with Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada

The real hope for First Nations children does not lie with the government, it lies with caring Canadians learning about the inequalities and no longer tolerating them. That is why the work of educators is so key. Together we can raise a generation of First Nations children who do not have to recover from their childhoods and a generation of non-Aboriginal children who do not have to say they are sorry.

Do you have any final things you would like to share with our members?

In the words of Wesley Prankard, a non-Aboriginal youth and founder of Northern Starfish, “DO SOMETHING.”

Cindy Blackstock is the Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, Associate Professor at the University of Alberta and Director of FNCARES. A member of the Gitksan First Nation, Cindy has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights. Her promotion of culturally based and evidence informed solutions has been recognized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Frontline Defenders and many others. The author of over 50 publications and a widely sought-after public speaker, Cindy has collaborated with other Indigenous leaders to assist the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in the development and adoption of a General Comment on the Rights of Indigenous children.

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