Thompson Rivers University

Cindy Blackstock: Ending Inequalities for First Nations Children

Dr. Cindy Blackstock is executive director of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada.

A member of the Gitksan First Nation, she has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights.

Her promotion of culturally based and evidence informed solutions has been recognized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Frontline Defenders and many others.

An author of over 50 publications and a widely sought after public speaker, 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.


Blackstock received an honorary degree from TRU in 2015.