Cindy Blackstock, Professor

A member of the Gitksan First Nation with 25 years of social work experience in child protection and indigenous children’s rights. Dr. Blackstock’s research interests are indigenous theory and the identification & remediation of structural inequalities affecting First Nations children, youth & families.

An author of over 50 publications & a widely sought after public speaker, Dr. Blackstock 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. Recently, she also worked with Indigenous young people, UNICEF & 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. Her promotion of culturally based & evidence informed solutions has been recognized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Frontline Defenders and many others. 

Academic Credentials                   

PhD (Social Work) - University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (2009)

Doctor of Letters (Honorary) -Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC (2015)

Doctor of Laws (Honorary) - University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC (2012)

Doctor of Iyiniw Kiskeyihtamowinq Asonamakew (Passing Knowledge on) - Blue Quills First Nations University (2016)

Master Degree (Management) - McGill University, Montreal, Quebec (2003)

Master of Jurisprudence - Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois (2016)

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia (1987)

Academic Appointments

2014 - OISE, University of Toronto, External Scholar, Faculty of Graduate Studies

2013 - Dalhousie University, External Scholar, Faculty of Graduate Studies

2011 - University of Ottawa, Faculty of Women’s Studies and Graduate Studies

2005 - University of Toronto, Senior Instructor

2005 - University of Victoria, Adjunct Professor

2000 - University of Manitoba, Professional Affiliate    

Professional Appointments

2016- Present,  Professor, McGill University, School of Social Work

2003 – Present,  Executive Director First Nations Child and Family Caring Society - Website

1999- 2003, Executive Director Caring for First Nations Children Society - Website

1995-1999, Assistant to the Social Development Director, The Squamish First Nation, Senior Social Worker, Province of British Columbia

Awards and Honors

2016-  Royal Society of Canada, Honorary Fellow

2016 - Ontario Association of Social Workers: Human Rights and Social Change Award

2016 - Canadian Institute for Child Health Award

2016 - Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Honoring

2016 - Neil Reimer Award : UNIFOR

2016 - Jordan’s Principle Honoring: Norway House Cree Nation

2016 - Champion for Children: Defense for Children International

2016 - Honorary Recipient, Peter Henderson Bryce Award

2016 -Honoring: BC First Nations Leadership Forum on Child Welfare

2016 - Golden Whistleblower Award: Canadians for Accountability

2016 - Liberty Award (individual): BC Civil Liberties Association:

2016 - Order of the Buffalo Hunt, Government of Manitoba

2015 - Assembly of First Nations Honoring for work on Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

 

Research

2016 - Co-convenor, Reimaging Child Welfare Symposium. Partnership with Osgoode Law School, TAG, African Canadian Legal Centre and the Caring Society

2016 - Moderator: Big Thinking Lecture by Noaimi Klein; Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences

2015 - SSHRC Journal Grant for First Peoples Child and Family Review (2015-2018): Principal Investigator: Cindy Blackstock.

2015 - Advisor, New Zealand Royal Society Marsden Fund Research Program “Children visiting a museum: information gathering or creative capacity building?”

2012 - Building Capacity with First Nations and mainstream Youth Protection services in Quebec. Collaborator: Principal Investigator: Nico Trocme.

2011 - SSHRC grant for First Peoples Child and Family Review. Principal Investigator: Cindy Blackstock

2009 - Nova Scotia Department of Community Services and Mi’kmaw Family and Children’s Services.  When Everything Matters: Comparing the factors contributing to the reunification or continuance in child welfare care for First Nations and non Aboriginal children in Nova Scotia.  

2007 - National Collaborating Centre on Aboriginal Health. Development of the Scientific Vision for NCCAH 2007. Public Health Agency of Canada and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Supporting the development of the UNCRC general comment on Indigenous child rights.   

2005 - Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. Wen: de: The Journey Continues.  Available on line at www.fncaringsociety.com

2005 - Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. Wen: de: We are coming to the light of day. Available on line at www.fncaringsociety.com

2004 - Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.  Bridging Econometrics with First Nations child and family service practice.  Available on line at www.fncaringsociety.com

2004 - Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development.  Staying at Home: Least Disruptive Measures

2004 - Health Canada.  Keeping the Promise: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Lived Experience of First Nations Children and Young People Voluntary Sector Initiative, Government of Canada. Caring Across the Boundaries: Exploring the Nature and Extent of Engagement of the Voluntary Sector with First Nations Children and Families.

Publications

Publications in Refereed Journals

Blackstock, C. (2016).  Toward the full and proper implementation of Jordan’s Principle: An elusive goal to date. Paediatric Child Health 21(5), 245-246.

In press - Blackstock, C. Is the law enough? Enveloping Indigenous child rights law in social movements.  Australian Indigenous Law Reporter.

In press  - Blackstock, C., Clarke, S., & Levesque, A. The Evidence: Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations Child Welfare. journal Enfance, Famille, Générations.   

2015 - Fallon, B, Chabot, M., Fluke, J., Blackstock, C. & Sinha, V. (2015). Exploring alternate specification to explain agency- level effects in placement decisions regarding Aboriginal children. Child Abuse & Neglect (in press).

2015 - Blackstock. C.  Should Governments be Above the Law? The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on First Nations Child Welfare. Children Australia, 40 (2), 95-104.

2013 - Blackstock, C. Opening statement of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada: Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Kanata, 6 (Winter 2013), 16-21.

2013 - Blackstock, C. & Auger, A.  Pursuing human rights for community-level resilience: The Jordan’s Principle case, process and initiative as resilient community action.  International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience, 1 (1).   http://is-car.ca/ijcar/issues/vol1/jan2013/5.html

2013 - Fallon, B., Chabot, M., Fluke, J., Blackstock, C., Maclaurin, B., & Tonmyr, L. Placement decisions and disparities among Aboriginal children: further analysis of the Canadian Incidence Study on Reported Child Abuse and Neglect part A: comparisons of the 1998 and 2003 surveys. Child Abuse and Neglect, 37 (1) 47-60.

2013 - Chabot, M., Fallon, B., Tonmyr, L., Maclaurin, B., Fluke, J. & Blackstock, C.  Exploring alternate specifications to explain agency-level effects in placement decisions regarding Aboriginal children: further analysis of the Canadian Incidence Study on Reported Child Abuse and Neglect. Child Abuse and Neglect, 37 (1), 61-76.

2012 - Blackstock, C.  Aboriginal Child Welfare Self-Government and the Rights of Indigenous Children: A book review. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(12), 2504-2506.

2012 - Blackstock, C.  Jordan’s Principle: Canada’s broken promise to First Nations children? Paediatrics and Child Health, 17(7), 368-370.

2012 - Cross, T. & Blackstock, C. We are the manifestations of our ancestor’s prayers.  Child Welfare, 91 (3), 9-14.