Earlier, we reported the ministry of children and family development copied its principles for working with aboriginal peoples and communities from a four-year-old report published by the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and the National Indian Child Welfare Association. But what's also interesting is that report was co-authored by Cindy Blackstock. And if that name sounds familiar to you it should. Back in 2006, the ministry of children and family development announced Ms. Blackstock, the caring society's executive director, would be part of its so-called "transformation team." But, in an email, a government spokesperson said that appointment is "no longer in effect." The spokesperson stated Ms. Blackstock only attended one of the team's preliminary meetings. Nor is she "currently doing any work for the ministry."
March 1, 2010