Inequalities: First Nations Children


PHI Centre & McGill University, CA, CA

Cindy Blackstock is Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta.

A member of the Gitksan Nation, she has worked in the field of child and family services for over 20 years. An author of over 50 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 holding fellowships with the Ashoka Foundation, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation and the Trudeau Foundation.


Since colonial contact an occupation, there have been dramatic changes to the identity, culture, and society of Indigenous peoples of Canada.

In today’s Canadian landscape, what issues do Indigenous people face? How has colonialism impacted their traditions and everyday life, societies, and economy? What have been the successes and breakthroughs? What is the outlook for the future?

The Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office’s Indigenous Education Series aims to raise awareness and initiate an exchange of ideas on First Nations, Métis and Inuit topics within the McGill community. The series provides opportunities to explore and examine a variety of issues and promote greater knowledge and understanding about the Indigenous peoples of Canada.

SEDE provides information, education and training to all areas of the University in order to cultivate a respectful, diverse and supportive campus.

This event is in partnership with Indigenous Access McGill and Sustainability Projects Fund.

Contact Information

Allan Vicaire
Social Equity and Diversity Education Office
allan.vicaire [at]
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