FNCARES - People

  • 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.

  • Melisa Brittain, PhD
    Research Associate, FNCARES

    Melisa is a settler scholar and filmmaker who brings a knowledge of colonialism and neo-colonialism in Canada, and a commitment to decolonization and social justice, to her role as Research Associate with FNCARES. She earned a PhD in English from the University of Alberta, where she has taught courses in Indigenous literatures and cultures, gender and sexuality, queer and feminist theory, critical race studies and academic writing. Current research interests include decolonizing research methodologies and transformational resistance strategies that address structural inequities for First Nations children and youth, and their larger communities.