Dr. Marcia Anderson DeCoteau
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First Nations, Second-Class Care - Saturday October 04, 2014


We begin with a look at the inquest into the death of Brian Sinclair.

Sinclair, 45 was a homeless man and a double-amputee who died at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg of a treatable bladder infection after waiting 34 hours for care. He was also aboriginal. 

Recommendations from the inquest are expected to be released in December. But Sinclair's family pulled out of the proceedings after the judge ruled he would not hear evidence on whether racism played a role in what happened to him. 

Robert Sinclair, cousin of Brian Sinclair and the family spokesman, talks to reporters outside the Winnipeg courthouse on Tuesday. (Ryan Hicks/CBC)

Then, Dr. Brian Goldman talks to a First Nations woman in Toronto who had to visit three ERs during the course of a weekend to get admitted for a serious stroke. 

He also talks to two young up-and-coming aboriginal MDs who reveal what it's like to deal with racism from their side of the gurney.

Dr. Alika Lafontaine vice president of the Indigenous Physicans Association of Canada, reveals what it really means when you write "aboriginal" on a chart. 

Dr. Marcia Anderson DeCouteau, the past-president, reveals how she had to save her own father from a health-care system that saw him as "just another drunk Indian." 

(To read more and hear the original broadcast, go to the CBC article HERE)