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Independent investigator to determine extent of anti-Indigenous racism in B.C. health-care system – CBC

by ahnationtalk on July 10, 202019 Views

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond said presence of racism in B.C. health-care system is not in question

Jul 09, 2020

Independent investigator Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, who was asked to look into B.C.’s health-care system, says her examination will be wide-ranging and will attempt to determine the range and extent of anti-Indigenous racism in the system.

“This investigation is not trying to discover whether racism exists in B.C.’s health-care system. It does exist,” she said during a news conference.

On June 19, provincial Health Minister Adrian Dix announced that B.C. would be investigating allegations health-care staff in emergency rooms were playing a “game” to guess the blood-alcohol level of Indigenous patients.

Dix appointed former judge Turpel-Lafond to investigate.

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