The Caring Society - Staff Information
Andrea Auger, MAReconciliation and Research Manager
(Andrea is on parental leave... returning Spring 2018!)
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 BlackstockPhD (Social Work)Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, 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, MSWReconciliation 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. Jennifer has a Master’s degree in social work, with a focus on Indigenous methodologies and Indigenous perspectives on policy and practice. She is passionate about the role of critical education and research in promoting justice, equity and meaningful reconciliation in Canada. An experienced presenter and facilitator, Jennifer has authored/co-authored several publications on Indigenous issues and is also a sessional instructor in the School of Social Work, University of Victoria, teaching via distance education.
Brittany MathewsExecutive Assistant
Brittany is Métis/Michif with ancestry from White Horse Plains, or St. Francois Xavier, Manitoba and with her family more recently coming from St. Paul, Alberta. She grew up in the Bow Valley of Alberta and moved to Ottawa to pursue an undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa. Brittany is passionate about the role kinship and family plays in the empowerment of Indigenous women and communities. She is dedicated to elevating the stories and contemporary realities of Indigenous peoples, especially Metis, through community organizing and creative outlets.
Robin McLeodChild 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.
Daxton RheadAdministrative Assistant
Daxton is a high school student from Ottawa, Ontario, and a member of the transgender community. He has been involved in reconciliation campaigns such as Shannen’s Dream and Jordan’s Principle as an ally and activist for over five years. Daxton was a winner of the Peter Henderson Bryce Award in 2014 and has been involved in numerous film projects with the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.
Marc St. Dennis, MAReconciliation and Research Coordinator
Born in Manitoba and raised in Ontario, Marc is Métis with ancestral roots in the Red River Valley. Marc has a Master’s degree in Indigenous and Canadian Studies and as an academic he focused primarily on the relationship between Indigenous worldviews and contemporary opportunities for Reconciliation in Canada. Marc is an engaging and knowledgeable public speaker and facilitator. He has spoken to and taught people of all ages and backgrounds about the history and contemporary realities of colonization in Canada and the many ways we can all positively impact the lives of Indigenous children and youth. Marc is the primary contact for the Touchstones of Hope movement as well as the coordinating editor of the First Peoples Child & Family Review and the Caring Society’s quarterly newsletter.