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Top lawyer Don Worme and Cindy Blackstock, defender of children kick off "Trailbreakers"

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Don Worme.jpgWe're kicking things off by meeting two forces in the area of Justice and the Law.

Don Worme is one of the great defenders of the Aboriginal peoples of Saskatchewan.

He's the first lawyer most Native people will call if they come in conflict with the law. A modern day warrior of the courtroom; in fact his licence plate reads WARYER. He was the man behind the prosecution of the Starlight Tour cops that were leaving young native men outside the city in t-shirts in the middle of winter.

In the second half of the show, Don talks with Cindy Blackstock, the head of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and a member of Gitksan First Nation. She filed suit against the government before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal in 2007, charging that First Nations children were discriminated against by inequitable child welfare services on reserves.

Hear about Don Worme:

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Hear about Cindy Blackstock:

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blackstock 360.jpgCindy has been surveilled by Canada's own government. Her crime? Caring for First Nations children. 

It's made her unpopular with government, but a crusader amongst First Nations child advocates hoping to close the gap between money for Aboriginal children and non-Aboriginal.