Universal Children’s Day (November 20)

Published: 21 November 2016

Cindy Blackstock, School of Social Work, McGill University

“International Children's Day recognizes the rights and contributions of children worldwide including the right to non-discrimination.
As Canada celebrates, the federal government fails to comply with three legal orders by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal and a unanimous House of Commons Motion to cease racial discrimination against 165,000 First Nations children and youth.
Canadians are ahead of their government on this one - the public no longer tolerate government discrimination in any form. It is time we all speak up to end it while these children still have a childhood.”
—Cindy Blackstock

A member of the Gitksan First Nation with 25 years of social work experience in child protection and indigenous children’s rights, Dr. Cindy Blackstock is Executive Director of First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada and Associate Professor. Her research interests are indigenous theory and the identification & remediation of structural inequalities affecting First Nations children, youth & families.

cindy.blackstock [at] (English)

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