Ashoka: How do you see the intersection between your work and empathy?
Blackstock: Our work is about achieving culturally-based equity for First Nations children in Canada – creating an environment where First Nations and non-Aboriginal children and adults grow up together as distinct peoples whose rights are recognized. That requires an exchange of empathy. To me, empathy is not just having a sense of interest and regard for other people; it’s an actual learning process, and an engagement process. It’s taking your understanding of another and putting it into action for the common good….
Ashoka: In building a world where every child masters empathy, where would you start?