Blackstock to deliver Woodrow Lloyd Lecture

Posted: January 19, 2015 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Associate Professor and Director of the First Nations Children’s Action Research and Education Service (FNCARES) at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Associate Professor and Director of the First Nations Children’s Action Research and Education Service (FNCARES) at the University of Alberta. Photo courtesy of Dr. Cindy Blackstock

The Woodrow Lloyd lecture is presented annually by the Faculty of Arts to recognize the outstanding contributions of former Saskatchewan Premier Woodrow Lloyd to the fields of education and social welfare.

There is a growing conversation about reconciliation in Canada and addressing contemporary inequalities and injustices facing First Nations children is a vital part of the conversation. At this year’s Woodrow Lloyd lecture University of Alberta Associate Professor Dr. Cindy Blackstock will examine how children and young people are working with First Nations to achieve equity and uplift the country at the same time during her presentation entitled Reconciliation: the children’s version.

A member of the Gitksan First Nation, Dr. Blackstock has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and indigenous children’s rights. In addition to her role as Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, she serves as Director of the First Nations Children’s Action Research and Education Service (FNCARES) and as Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.

Her research interests are indigenous theory and the identification and remediation of structural inequalities affecting First Nations children, youth and families. As an author of more than 50 publications, Blackstock has collaborated with other Indigenous leaders to assist the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in the development and adoption of a General Comment on the Rights of Indigenous children. She also recently worked with Indigenous young people, UNICEF and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to produce a youth-friendly version of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child.

Woodrow Lloyd lecture
Reconciliation: the children’s version
Wednesday, January 21, 2015  at 7 p.m.

Due to the popularity of this subject, the Woodrow Lloyd Lecture has been moved to the Education Auditorium in the Education Building, (located adjacent to the ED Wing 106.1 where the Dr. Blackstock’s lecture was originally located.  

All are welcome. Free parking on campus will be available in lots 13M and 14M; pay parking is available across campus at kiosk and meters (campus parking map). Refreshments to follow the lecture. Please call 306-585-4226 for more information or visit the lecture website.