William Watson: Public health care murders Aboriginals, the CBC reports, without really checking – Financial Post

by ahnationtalk on March 8, 201850 Views

The story focuses on the Nishnawbe Aski Nation in northern Ontario and finds Wapekeka, a fly-in community of 400 people, is slightly underserved in terms of health care

One of the four operative chapters of the federal budget was given over to “Reconciliation,” reflecting the current political, intellectual and media preoccupation with Indigenous issues. We all favour reconciliation. But the process is supposed to be truth and reconciliation. In lots of ways reconciliation is blotting out truth.

Take a story on CBC’s The National this week about health care in the North, in this case Northern Ontario. You can find it by searching for “Health system neglects northern patients by design: Doctor,” which is the title of the written version appearing on The National’s website. Neglecting by design is a serious charge. But a native health adviser interviewed in the story went further: “I hear a lot of the (sic) health care is broken. But when you actually think about it, it’s not broken. It is in fact doing exactly what it has been designed to do: To diminish the rights of our people, the health of our people. Sometimes I would even go as far as saying that the system is killing our people.”

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