Cindy Blackstock, Indigenous child welfare rights activist and one of the primary subjects of Alanis Obomsawin's We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice, presents the late Gil Cardinal's chronicle of his journey back to his roots following a youth spent in the foster care system.
Cindy Blackstock is the Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and Professor, School of Social Work, at McGill University. 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 equity for First Nations children and families and engaging children in reconciliation 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 recently completed a Master of Jurisprudence degree and currently serves as a Commissioner for the Pan American Health Organization Commission on Health Equity and Inequity.