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Canada's Shell Game on C-92 Funding

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  C-92 An Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT has once again proven that legislative initiatives tend to be effective deflections from their ongoing failures to address human rights abuses against Indigenous peoples. Bill C-92:  An Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis Children, Youth and Families  (2019) was heralded by the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the federal government as the solution to the “humanitarian crisis” of First Nations children in foster care. The AFN in particular pushed hard for the legislation to pass in Parliament, despite widespread opposition and protests from First Nations from all over Canada. First Nations legal and child welfare experts also warned Parliament that C-92 did not align with Canada’s political promises and could in fact make things worse. They were right. NO STATUTORY GUARANTEE OF FUNDING There are many substantive problems with C-92, but the most obvious is that there

In Plain Sight: Widespread Racism in BC Healthcare

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  RACISM IN BC HEALTHCARE I magine living in a country, where hospitals refused to treat you for a stroke, because the doctors and nurses assumed you were drunk? Imagine further, that the emergency room doctor refused to treat your young child for epilepsy, because they assumed she was on drugs? Well folks, that country is Canada. It doesn’t sound like the Canada you know. It doesn’t seem to reflect Canada’s world-renowned medical experts and hospitals. Nor does it seem to jive with Canada’s impressive array of human rights protections. Yet, if you are Indigenous in Canada, you can expect this kind of treatment and worse - even in Canada’s best hospitals in British Columbia (BC). Just before the holidays, a report was released which confirmed what most Indigenous peoples already knew – that racism against Indigenous peoples, especially First Nations peoples - is widespread in BC’s healthcare system. IN PLAIN SIGHT The report entitled -   In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-spe