APTN Investigates: Against Their Will

Cullen Crosier
APTN Investigates

It’s a dark chapter in Canadian history. The coerced sterilization of Indigenous women.

But as three women tell APTN’s Cullen Crozier… it happened to them at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.

So who is responsible? And how will the health region make sure it doesn’t happen again?

Editor’s Note: APTN Investigates was contacted by one of the women who is the subject of this documentary. We thank her for coming forward and trusting us to tell their story. She then provided names of the other women who eventually appeared in this story.

But even though we discovered and developed this story independently through our own means, we would like to acknowledge the work of reporter Betty Ann Adam at the Saskatoon Star Phoenix who also independently worked on a series of reports about these events.




Video Journalist

Cullen Crozier is a video journalist and documentary producer with APTN Investigates. He is Gwich’in, Dene and Métis based out of his home community of Somba K’e, Denendeh (Yellowknife, N.W.T.). Cullen’s work focuses on injustices facing Indigenous people in Canada. He has reported on the forced sterilization of Indigenous women in Saskatchewan, the forgotten residential school survivors of Newfoundland and Labrador and the ongoing child welfare crisis in Ontario.

His documentaries have been recognized by the Michener Foundation, the Canadian Association of Journalists, Amnesty International, the Sidney Hillman Foundation, the Native American Journalists Association and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.