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Renowned child and youth advocate to speak to Brock community – Brock News

September 10, 2020

A renowned advocate for Indigenous children and youth will speak to the Brock University community about an area of expertise she has taken beyond the classroom.

Cindy Blackstock, Professor of Social Work at McGill University, will speak virtually about Colonialism in 2020 on Thursday, Sept. 17 as part of the Department of Child and Youth Studies Colloquium Speaker Series.

As Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and a relentless moral voice for the equality of First Nations children in Canada, Blackstock, a member of the Gitxsan First Nation, has devoted her career to fighting institutional racism towards Indigenous peoples in Canada.

“My view is that in order to keep any country on the right track of respecting human dignity, values and good governance, citizens have to ask the hard questions and embrace these truths so we can ensure that everybody in society is treated fairly,” she said, “but we’re not there yet.”

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