Interim report on Indigenous man’s death seeks end to racism in health care

The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG — An interim report on the role racism played in the death of an Indigenous man in a Winnipeg hospital is recommending health-care stakeholders take a more direct approach to confronting racism.

The working group responsible for the report also says there should be institutional support for independent investigations in cases where complaints are brought forward.

The group unveiled its initial findings to a packed crowd Monday at the University of Manitoba.

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It looked into the death of Brian Sinclair, who died of a treatable bladder infection after he was left alone and uncared for 34 hours at the Health Sciences Centre emergency department in September 2008.

Real Cloutier, interim president of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, says it’s time to build on a greater awareness of Indigenous history to tackle health-care provider’s assumptions.

The group’s final report is expected sometime next year.

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4 thoughts on “Interim report on Indigenous man’s death seeks end to racism in health care

  1. So absolutely criminal. When are the doctors and the nursing staff who are paid very well and accommodated very well and tolerated very well for their unlimited spending and no public accountability. Put the doctor in charge in jail for manslaughter. Cut back the million dollar promo budgets of the government and put the care back in nursing and emergency health care in Canada.

  2. Last year I was in Winnipeg for a convention and stayed at the Health Sciences Centre Hotel. I am native (Mohawk) but am not a visible minority. I was sitting across from the hospital having a conversation with a local indigenous young man.
    I was shocked and appalled when one of the hospital’s security staff crossed the street and approached me, and asked if the young man was “bothering” me. I had sat there on many occasions during my visit as I am a smoker and where I was was off hospital property. This incident never happened during other conversations with non native persons during my stay. I’d like to believe that this was a rare occurrence, but sadly, I don’t think it was.

  3. The final report will be completed next year 2018. That’s 10 years after his death. Next time parliamentarians are looking for a pay raise we should make sure to study the matter and provide a recommendation report 10 years later. Justice for all. Ridiculous.

  4. It is a disgrace the way this man was treated. 34 hours and no one noticed how ill he was? Everyone involved in this terrible matter should lose their jobs. No excuses.

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