Osler Lectureship

44th Annual Osler Lectureship

Wednesday November 3rd 2021

6:00 PM

Virtual lecture

Watch on Youtube  https://youtu.be/RkJM-9QeybU

Cindy Blackstock, PhD (Social Work)

Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada

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 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 more than 75 articles on topics relating to reconciliation, Indigenous theory, First Nations child welfare and human rights. 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.

She recently served on the Pan American Health Commission on Health Equity and Inequity and fundamentally believes that culturally-based equity is fundamental to meaningful reconciliation. Cindy is frequently sighted in the company of the Caring Society’s reconciliation Am-bear-rister, Spirit Bear, engaging children in meaningful actions to implement the TRC Calls to Action.

Equity + Culture = Healthy Kids

Equity means access to the same opportunities as others in areas such as education, healthcare, and other vital public services. As more First Nations move towards self-determination, how will they ensure equity for their members? It is inherently tied to self-determination, especially as First Nations continue to move forward despite past and present systemic racism in Canada.

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Previous Osler Lectures

The 43rd Annual Osler Lectureship: Richard K. Reznick, MD: 'Make no little plans': how a systems-based approach can transform medical education. Watch the lecture here

The 42nd Annual Osler Lectureship: Jacalyn Duffin: McGill Medicine on Easter Island: the Forgotten Expedition

The 41st Annual Osler Lectureship: Mark A Ware: 100 years of cannabis: a journey from William Osler to the modern era. Watch the lecture here

The 40th Annual Osler Lectureship: Susan Reverby, PhD: Infamous Medical Research: Bad Guys, Duped Victims, or Something Else? Watch the lecture here

The 39th Annual Osler Lectureship: Julio Montaner: Treatment as Prevention (TasP): From a research hypothesis to a new global target and beyond. Watch the lecture here

The 38th Annual Osler Lectureship: E. Fuller Torrey, M.D. "The Strangest Disease: The Peculiar Past but Hopeful Future of Schizophrenia" Watch the lecture here

The 37th Annual Osler Lectureship: Margaret Lock. "The Alzheimer Enigma in an Aging World." Watch the lecture here


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