Tag Archives: Racism in health care

Workers tackling anti-Indigenous racism: scapegoating and ‘backlash’ at Island Health

By Odette Auger, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, also Lindsay Sample and Emilee Gilpin, the Discourse

Several current and former staff at Island Health are raising concerns after what they say has been a dismantling of the Indigenous Health department’s cultural safety facilitation team.

The staff allege that during the province’s 2020 investigation into Indigenous-specific racism in the health care system detrimental changes were made to their team. This included the firing of long-time cultural safety facilitator and then-Acting South Island Manager of Indigenous Health, Yvette Ringham-Cowan.

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UBC’s Indigenous Public Health Certificate program

the Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Like many academic programs, due to COVID-19 regulations, the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Indigenous Public Health certificate program, which works to include Indigenous perspectives into the healthcare system, has shifted online this year.

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Knowing your rights toolkit: to combat forced sterilization of Indigenous women

the Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The Native Women’s Association of Canada’s educational toolkit, made by and for Indigenous, Métis and Inuit women and gender diverse people helps educate on informed consent in Canadian hospitals.

As more stories surface of Indigenous women who have experienced forced sterilization in public hospitals, the Native Women’s Association of Canada has created a toolkit to help educate on consent and rights in the healthcare system.

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In Plain Sight: widespread racism in Health Care system

By Moira Wyton, The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

An Indigenous woman wakes up in a hospital far from her rural community in 2018 and again in 2019, dry heaving after both of her  surgeries.

She thinks she could be  allergic to the sedative, but the nurse assumes she is going through  withdrawal, despite the fact she hadn’t been drinking before either  surgery. “You people drink too much,” the nurse says, and moves the  woman to a bed where she doesn’t get further care for three days.

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Interrupting anti-Indigenous racism

the Discourse, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

What do you want to see change to stop anti-Indigenous racism? This is a question that Rain Daniels has been asked since the early nineties. Her answer remains the same. “These issues need to be taken seriously,” she says.

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