Reconciliation Means Not Saying Sorry Twice
As part of the Visiting Lecture Series, the Faculty of Health and Community Studies is pleased to welcome Dr. Cindy Blackstock to speak on the ongoing inequalities faced by First Nations children and the inspiring reconciliation work being led by children to address the problem and uplift the country at the same time.
As the Truth and Reconciliation Commission prepares to release its report in 2015, First Nations and thousands of non-Aboriginal children and young people have joined with caring adults to ensure this generation of First Nations children have an equitable chance to grow up safely in their families, get a good education, and be healthy and proud of who they are.
About Dr. Blackstock
A member of the Gitksan First Nation, Cindy has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights. As Director of the First Nations Children’s Action Research and Education Service (FNCARES) at the University of Alberta, her research interests are Indigenous theory and the identification and remediation of structural inequalities affecting First Nations children, youth and families.
An 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. She also recently worked with Indigenous young people, UNICEF and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to produce a youth friendly version of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child.
Cindy is currently completing a Master of Jurisprudence in Children’s Law and Policy at the Loyola University Chicago.
February 26, 2015
Robbins Health Learning Centre
City Centre Campus10700 – 104 AvenueEdmonton, AB