WENDAKE, QC, Nov. 24, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ — For decades, numerous national and public inquiries have condemned and addressed the acts of systemic discrimination experienced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis in healthcare facilities in Canada and Quebec. In 2020 With the death of Joyce Echakan we have seen such acts again.
Until recently, scientific data was not available to assess the magnitude of incidence among First Nations and Inuit women in Quebec to better understand the circumstances in which free and informed consent is not respected and the impact of this Knowing violation of women’s lives.
In spring 2021, a research project on free and informed consent and forced sterilization among First Nations and Inuit women in Quebec was publicly launched.
This is the first research documenting the forced sterilization of First Nations and Inuit women in Quebec.
To get a concrete picture of the problem in Quebec, the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) and the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) have partnered with several First Nations officials to access their knowledge. was added. , Inuit and other organizations.
Between May 2021 and January 2022, First Nations and Inuit women ages 18 and older in Quebec who believe they have been sterilized without their consent or have been victims of obstetric violence will be offered a confidential, respectful conversation in a safe location. ,
The data collection made it possible to collect testimonies from people from many different countries and peoples. According to available evidence, the last recorded case of sterilization in Quebec was in 2019.
Call to action and recommendations
Four main findings emerge from the available evidence: undermining patients’ free and informed consent; distrust, fear and avoidance of health services; differential treatment in hospitals; and the age of the patients and the circumstances of the sterilization.
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In support of the findings and recommendations from this research, the Chiefs of the Assembly of First Nations mobilized Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) by issuing a declaration of commitment condemning these practices and calling for them to be regulated within Quebec’s health and social services will. end immediately. Arrangement AFNQL, FNQLHSSC and many partners will continue their efforts to ensure these practices no longer occur and that all First Nations and Inuit women are treated with dignity and respect.
“This research has made it possible to uncover high levels of genocidal colonial violence, a hideous and little-known reality in the intimate context of gynecological and obstetric care for our First Nations and Inuit mothers and sisters. Indigenous women Sterilization imposed by the public is a violation of their physical and psychological integrity and a theft of their fundamental right to have children. Unfortunately, an analysis of the evidence gathered revealed that systemic racism exists among Quebec First Nations and in ministry towards Inuit. AFNQL applauds the work of the research team and would like to recognize the immense courage of these women to share their words with the belief that they are breaking the silence about non-consensual interventions. — Chef Ghislain Picard
“Indigenous peoples come from cultures with common basic structures and values. Everyone has an important and sacred role in their community. Women are the foundation of indigenous communities, they are life givers and key to the transmission of our languages, cultures and traditions. Teachings and traditions that honor our connection to the earth as a people. For many, cutting that connection to motherhood also means cutting those connections and cutting that cultural continuity. – Chief Adrienne Jerome
“We must come together to implement culturally safe practices. Men play an equally important role: we must do our part by refusing such treatment regardless of the context, and by treating women with respect in all aspects of daily life. One should act by showing behavior.”
Access the results of this research now by reading the report:
Visit for more information https://sterilisationimposees.cssspnql.com/?lang=en,
Source gathering of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador
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