By Colleen Romaniuk Local Journalism Initiative Reporter NOSM University has appointed Cindy Blackstock as its inaugural chancellor. A member of the Gitxsan and a professor of social work at McGill University, Blackstock is renowned for her contributions as an activist for Indigenous child welfare and family affairs over the last 30 years. In 1998, she co-founded the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, where she serves as executive director. She is best known for leading the organization’s landmark case against the Canadian government from 2007 to 2016, which argued that social services for children living on First Nations reserves were underfunded and discriminatory. In 2019, she was invested as a member of the Order of Canada. Her appointment as NOSM University chancellor was announced Thursday when members of the
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