Cindy Blackstock (foreword), a member of the Gitxsan First Nation, serves as the Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and is a professor in the School of Social Work at McGill University. Her interests are culturally based equity, Indigenous child rights and systemic advocacy.
Katsi’tsakwas Ellen Gabriel (afterword) is a Kanien’kehá:ka human rights and environmental activist-artist. She was chosen by the People of the Longhouse and her community of Kanehsatà:ke to be their spokesperson during the 1990 “Oka Crisis”. For three decades, Ellen has consistently advocated for climate justice and Indigenous Peoples’ self-determination, cultural, and language rights, while opposing violence against Indigenous women.