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Indigenous Cultural Safety Learning Series - Spirit Bear's Guide to Reconciliation
As a reconciliation Ambearrister, Spirit Bear represents the 165,000 First Nations children the federal government was found to be discriminating against in its inequitable funding of public services. Learn about the ongoing Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (CHRT) case on First Nations child welfare and why, to date, there have been nine non-compliance orders issued against Canada at the CHRT.

Feb 20, 2020 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Cindy Blackstock, PhD
Executive Director @First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and a professor at McGill University’s School of Social Work
A member of the Gitxsan First Nation. 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.