Cindy Blackstock is a member of the Gitksan First Nation and a doctor of social work, holding a position as a professor at the School of Social Work in Montreal. She also currently serves as the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, who has been instrumental in ending many discriminatory practices against Indigenous children in Canada. Blackstock has over 30 years of experience working in child welfare and Indigenous children’s rights and has published more than 75 articles relating to reconciliation, Indigenous theory, First Nations child welfare, and human rights.
Blackstock has been officially named one of the nation’s 50 most influential people according to Maclean’s Magazine’s. The annual Power List consists of Canadians “who are breaking ground, leading the debate and shaping how we think and live.” Maclean Magazine has called Blackstock, “a relentless champion for Indigenous children’s rights,” ranking her 27th on the most-influential list for activism as “the Indigenous children’s champion”.
In the Maclean Article, Blackstock writes, “If we can raise a generation of non-Indigenous kids who don’t normalize discrimination, and have the tools to peacefully and respectfully advocate for the end of this kind of apartheid system, then we’ll be in a position where First Nations children never have to recover from their childhoods again, and non-Indigenous children never have to say they’re sorry.”