A member of the Gitksan First Nation, Cindy is the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and a Professor at McGill University School of Social Work. Her work focuses on educating and engaging children, and the public at large, to ensure culturally based equity for First Nations children in Canada. She is best known for a landmark human rights case finding the Canadian Government’s provision of inequitable services to First Nations children to be racially discriminatory and contrary to Canadian law in 2016.  The Government of Canada welcomed the decision but the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has issued three non-compliance orders since the ruling was issued and more orders are expected.

She has written extensively on First Nations theory, child welfare, and the cross-cutting inequity in First Nations children’s services and currently serves as a Commissioner for the Pan American Health Organization Commission on Health Equity and Inequity.

Keynote presentation title: Reconciliation, Social justice and Children’ Engagement.