Cindy Blackstock to receive Human Rights Award

Posted: 01/18/2017

Human Rights Award recipient Cindy BlackstockCindy Blackstock is one of two remarkable recipients of the Law Society’s 2016 Human Rights Award. She will be honoured at the Human Rights Award Celebration on February 22, 2017 in Toronto.

“Dr. Blackstock has spent her career advocating for justice and promoting the rights of First Nations children and youth in this country,” says Law Society Treasurer Paul Schabas.

The Human Rights Award was established in 2013 and is granted biennially.

About Cindy Blackstock

Cindy Blackstock, PhD (Social Work) is the Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and Professor, School of Social Work, McGill University

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

Her promotion of culturally based equity for First Nations children and families and engaging children in reconciliation 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, Cindy recently completed a Master of Jurisprudence degree and currently serves as a Commissioner for the Pan American Health Organization Commission on Health Equity and Inequity.