Media Advisory - Aboriginal-Rights Activist Cindy Blackstock to be Awarded
Atkinson Economic Justice Fellowship

TORONTO, Nov. 19 /CNW/ - Cindy Blackstock will be awarded the Atkinson Foundation's Economic Justice Fellowship at an event in Toronto on November 23rd. The Award will provide up to $100,000 per year for 3 years to support Ms. Blackstock's efforts to advance the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, particularly First Nations children involved with child welfare.

The announcement will take place on the occasion of the launch of a new photography exhibition entitled "Caring Across Boundaries." Curated by Ms. Blackstock, the exhibition documents the hopes and dreams of three First Nations communities across Canada.

An authority on Aboriginal issues, Ms. Blackstock is Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and a member of the Gitksan Nation.

    What:     Cindy Blackstock awarded Atkinson Foundation's Economic Justice

    Who:      Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and
              Family Caring Society
              Charles E. Pascal, Executive Director, Atkinson Foundation
              Peter A. Armstrong President, Atkinson Foundation

    When:     Monday November 23, 2009
              Formal presentation, speeches, at 5:20 PM
              (reception 5:00-7:00 PM)

    Where:    Main Lobby, First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West,
              Street Level

    Visuals:  Presentation of Award, room of diverse leaders from non-profit,
              government and business sectors..

SOURCE Atkinson Charitable Foundation

For further information: For further information: Pedro Barata, Atkinson Foundation, (416) 869-4800, (416) 302-7524 (cell)

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