Keynote Speakers


Dr. Cindy Blackstock

Dr. Blackstock is a member of the Gitksan First Nation and a Professor of Social Work, she's been called Canada’s ‘relentless moral voice’ for  the rights of Indigenous children. She has devoted her life to  mobilizing attention and action against the systemic inequalities in  public services experienced by First Nations children, youth and  families.

Dr. Reg Crowshoe

Dr. Reg Crowshoe,  is a Blackfoot elder,  former chief of the Piikuni, bundle keeper and survivor of Alberta's Residential School system. Indigenous ways of knowing and de-colonization will be an important sub-theme woven into SWSD2020.  In this gripping keynote Crowshoe will discuss his devastating experience in Canada's residential school system, and how returning to Indigenous culture and ceremony helped him to heal, and better cope with his past. He is now able to focus on helping the next generation by passing on his wisdom to his own community as well as working to help bridge the gap toward reconciliation with settler communities. Crowshoe will talk about creating ethical spaces where settlers and Indigenous peoples can meet.


Dr. Victor Paul

Dr. Victor Paul is the Head of the Department of Social Work and Sociology at CHRIST University, Bangalore, India.   Dr. Paul has 33 years of professional experience working with Corporations, NGOs and Academic Institutions. 

Dr. Paul is a graduate in Economics and Law.  He holds a master’s degree in Social Work and a Ph.D in Sociology. He brings 33 years of experience in academic management, teaching, research and development programmes implemented by national and international organizations.