7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
In 2016, the Government of Canada acknowledged that it had racially discriminated against over 165,000 First Nations kids, contributing to thousands of unnecessary family separations. Yet despite the federal government’s acceptance of that Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision, it has taken 11 further orders (and counting) for them to begin addressing the problem. Despite repeated harms to First Nations children via residential schools, the 60’s scoop and the CHRT orders, reform is unacceptably delayed. This presentation reviews this landmark Human Rights Tribunal case and explores the leadership required to undertake meaningful change.
Dr. Cindy Blackstock is the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.