FNCARES - People

  • Cindy Blackstock, PhD (Social Work)

    Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada

    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, 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.