Honorary Degrees

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Name: Dr. Cindy Blackstock
Convocation date: June 2, 2016
Discipline / contribution: Social Work ; Indigenous
Citation / biographical information:
Cindy Blackstock is the executive director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, Associate Professor, University of Alberta and Director of FNCARES.
A member of the Gitksan First Nation, Dr. Blackstock has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights.
Her engagement of children, young people and adults, to ensure culturally based equity for First Nations children and families has been recognized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, the Indigenous Bar Association, Frontline Defenders and many others.
An author of over 50 publications and a widely sought after public speaker, Dr. Blackstock 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. She also recently worked with Indigenous young people, UNICEF and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to produce a youth friendly version of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child.
Degree received: Doctor of Laws
Degree presented by: Marie Battiste

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