The Caring Society - Staff Information

  • Andrea Auger, MA
    Reconciliation and Research Manager
    Raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Andrea Auger is a proud Ojibwe member of the Pays Plat First Nation. After completing a Master of Arts in 2008, she joined the Caring Society team to work on the Touchstones of Hope. Currently Andrea is the Reconciliation and Research Manager and Coordinating Editor of the First Peoples Child and Family Review. With her background in Education, Andrea is passionate about teaching, mentoring and learning from others, especially children, youth and Elders. Her main areas of interest include engagement in reconciliation, reconciliation approaches, child and youth engagement, and human rights. 
     
     
  • Cindy Blackstock, PhD (Social Work)

    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.

  • Jennifer King, MSW
    Reconciliation and Policy Coordinator

    Anishinaabe from the Wasauksing First Nation, Jennifer has been working in areas of research, policy, and public engagement in support of Indigenous women and children for over 10 years. She is passionate about the role of critical education and research in promoting justice, equity and meaningful reconciliation in Canada. Her graduate research in social work looked at the power of  storytelling, reconnection and small-scale change as strategies of collective transformation. Jennifer is thrilled to be rejoining the Caring Society after a two year hiatus following the birth of her daughter.

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    Robin McLeod
    Child and Youth Engagement Assistant

    Robin is a Nishinabe kwe from Nipissing First Nation and is currently in her second year of her undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa, majoring in Aboriginal Studies with a minor in Women’s studies.  She is passionate about correcting social injustices pertaining to Indigenous women and children and is an outspoken supporter for indigenous rights. Moreover, her dedication extends itself to issues of climate change and poverty and the impact they have on First Nations communities. This, in addition with the love of her culture and interests in Canadian politics is carving out a lifelong career in this field. Robin is fully bilingual in French and English and is excited to be part of the Caring Society team.​

  • Marc St. Dennis, MA
    Reconciliation and Research Coordinator

    Born in Manitoba and raised in Ontario, Marc is Métis with ancestral roots in the Red River Valley.  He received a Master’s degree in Indigenous and Canadian Studies from Carleton University in 2016, and after a short but informative stint as a federal public servant, Marc happily accepted the opportunity to give his energy to the Caring Society. In recognition of the values of friendship and co-operation, Marc is a passionate supporter of community-led reconciliation and is honoured to be included in this important conversation. Marc is a loving father and husband as well as an outdoor enthusiast.

  • Jocelyn Wattam, MSW
    Child and Youth Engagement Coordinator

    Jocelyn is proud to call rural Prince Edward County, Ontario, her home and is currently residing in Ottawa. In addition to being a gardener and a lover of the outdoors, Jocelyn has enjoyed working to support healthy child and youth development in diverse communities. She is passionate about learning from people’s stories, advocating for human rights, connecting to the natural world, and creating safe and welcoming communities. Jocelyn is honoured to support the work of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society and to continue learning about her role in reconciliation as a non-Indigenous Canadian.