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Wednesday, June 17 • 3:35pm - 5:00pm
Keynote by Dr. Cindy Blackstock "12 Million Reasons: Taking Action to Support First Nations Children Today"

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12 Million Reasons: Taking Action to Support First Nations Children Today
Speaker: Cindy Blackstock
Supreme Court Justice Frankfurter said "there is no greater inequality than the equal treatment of unequals." Individual resilience must be built on a foundation of equal opportunity and a profound respect for diversity. In 2007, the Caring Society along with the Assembly of First Nations filed a human rights complaint alleging Canada’s provision of First Nations child and family services is discriminatory. It would take six years before the matter came to a full and public hearing. This historic child rights case will establish one of the most important legal precedents for children’s law in Canada and ensure First Nations families have an equal opportunity to safely care for their children. Between 2007 when the case was filed and 2012, First Nations children have spent over 12 million nights in foster care.

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Cindy Blackstock

A member of the Gitksan Nation, Cindy Blackstock has worked in the field of child and family services for over 20 years. 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. Current professional interests include acting as an Expert Advisor to UNICEF on the UN Declaration on the Rights of... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 3:35pm - 5:00pm
Alumni Hall/KTS NAB 1st/2nd Floor, King's College

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