Dr. Cindy Blackstock's "Spirit Bear's Guide to Reconciling History"

Thursday, June 8, 2023 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Cindy Blackstock with Spirit Bear

Dr. Cindy Blackstock will reflect on her career advocating for Indigenous children and families and discuss how the history of child welfare in Canada intersects with the history of colonialism.

Dr. Blackstock is a member of the Gitxsan First Nation. Cindy is honoured to serve as the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and as a professor at McGill University’s School of Social Work. She has over 30 years of experience working in child welfare and Indigenous children’s rights and has published on topics relating to reconciliation, Indigenous theory, First Nations child welfare and human rights. A recipient of the SSHRC Gold Medal, Cindy was honoured to work with First Nations colleagues on a successful human rights challenge to Canada’s inequitable provision of child and family services and failure to implement Jordan’s Principle. This hard-fought litigation has resulted in hundreds of thousands of services being provided to First Nations children, youth, and families.

This is a free virtual address with two options for viewing. Either option requires you to register.

  1. For virtual attendees, a zoom link will be sent in early June.
  2. If you would like to gather in person with others, the virtual event will stream into the Rozanski building, room 101, University of Guelph.

"Spirit Bear’s Guide to Reconciling History" is a public lecture open to the public. It is part of the Society for the History of Children and Youth three-day conference, June 8-10 2023 which will be held online and in person at the University of Guelph. If you wish to attend the entire conference, you can register here.

The event is sponsored by the following:

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University of Guelph logo
Wilfrid Laurier University logo
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St. Jerome's University logo