FNCARES - People

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  • Cindy Blackstock, PhD (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 and evidence informed solutions 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 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. 

  • Melisa Brittain


    Executive Assistant (Summer 2017)

    Danielle is thrilled to rejoin the Caring Society team this summer as Executive Assistant. She has recently completed her undergraduate studies in psychology and is passionate about mental health and Indigenous well-being. Danielle is from the small community of Markstay, Ontario, and is a proud citizen of Kichesipirini Algonquin First Nation.