Cindy Blackstock will focus on the rights of Aboriginal children in Canada when she delivers this year’s Lowery Lecture on Children’s Rights on Monday, June 8, 2009, in Toronto.

Ms. Blackstock, the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, is one of Canada’s foremost champions for Aboriginal children’s rights. A member of the Gitksan Nation, she has worked in the field of child and family services for over 20 years. Her research and advocacy work has focused on such issues as the over representation of Aboriginal children in child welfare care, causes of child maltreatment in First Nations communities, and the role of the voluntary sector in expanding the range of culturally and community based responses to child maltreatment.

Ms. Blackstock is currently the co-convener of the Indigenous Working Group, United Nations NGO Working Group on the Rights of the Child, co-director of the Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare and a board member of National Aboriginal Youth Organization.

WHEN: June 8, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto

HOW TO GET THERE: Innis Town Hall is located at 2 Sussex Avenue on the downtown campus of University of Toronto. The building is on the corner of Sussex Avenue and St. George Street, just south of Bloor Street. The closest subway station is the St. George Station.

Learn more about the Lowery Lecture on Children’s Rights.

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