Architects of Justice the Podcast: Episode 2: Cindy Blackstock
September 12, 2017 | By TAG_Admin |
Canadian-born Gitxsan activist for Indigenous child welfare, Cindy Blackstock, is not one to back away from fighting injustice. According to Cindy, the Canadian government is racially discriminating against 163,000 First Nations children and their families, resulting in more First Nations children in the child welfare system today than at the height of residential schools.
After Canada failed to implement the many remedies to the inequality, a human rights complaint against the Canadian government was filed by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, where Cindy is the Executive Director, and the Assembly of First Nations. In 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal found that the Canadian government is racially discriminating against First Nations children and their families.
Since the ruling Canada has welcomed the decision and then failed to comply. We spoke with Cindy about her experiences on navigating the Canadian justice system and the significance of this case for all Canadians as well as for international human rights seeking groups.