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[Perspectives] Cindy Blackstock: advocate for First Nations children

She has been called “Canada’s Martin Luther King”, the “conscience of the nation”, and a “national hero”, but Cindy Blackstock bristles at the accolades. “The only reason my job exists is because racism against First Nations children has been used as a cost-saving measure. I don’t want that job to exist—now or ever.” Blackstock is the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, a charity that, for 20 years, has lobbied for First Nations children to have equitable access to health and social welfare services.