Long awaited review into forced sterilization of Indigenous women at Saskatoon hospital finds “covert and overt racism” among staff - APTN NewsAPTN News

Long awaited review into forced sterilization of Indigenous women at Saskatoon hospital finds “covert and overt racism” among staff



Saskatchewan-Hospital-1000-x-560

Holly Moore
APTN Investigates

An external review report released Thursday by the Saskatoon Regional Health Authority into the forced sterilization of Indigenous women at Royal University Hospital has found “covert and overt racism” amongst healthcare providers and is putting forward ten calls to action.

In January 2017, the Saskatoon Health Region appointed Metis lawyer Dr. Yvonne Boyer and Metis physician Dr. Judith Bartlett to lead the review after a number of Indigenous women reported feeling coerced into sterilization.

APTN Investigates told their stories in “Against their Will”

According to the report, 16 Indigenous women answered the call for participation in the review with only six attending face to face interviews.


Read the report here: 

External Review: Tubal Ligation in the Saskatoon Health Region: The Lived Experience of Aboriginal Women


Eight health care providers were interviewed and some relayed stories of coercion conversations amongst staff at times, systemic discrimination towards Aboriginal populations, and one incident of severe racism where one resident in Labour and Delivery said, “I f…g hate you people more than any other race on this entire earth,” the report found.

Ten Calls to Action are proposed to become a base for an action plan that will address root causes and inequities that have the women vulnerable to coerced sterilization in the first place.

According to a press release, the Saskatoon Health Region, “supports the calls to action, following today’s release of an external review into the lived experiences of coercion into tubal ligations for Aboriginal women. “

“On behalf of Saskatoon Health Region, we are deeply sorry for what these women experienced, and for any other women in our community who had similar experiences, but were unable to come forward,” says Jackie Mann, vice-president Integrated Health Services, Saskatoon Health Region.

“The report states that racism exists within our health care system and we, as leaders, acknowledge this. This report provides us with clear direction on how we must move forward to truly start the healing that needs to occur. We are thankful to the women who had the courage to come forward to share their story with the reviewers about their experience. You have been heard and will be listened to.”

Melika-Popp-Full-Size-1000-X-560

(Melika Popp was featured in an APTN Investigates story Against Their Will. She has now hired a lawyer)

Jackie Mann and Leanne Smith, director of maternal services for the region spoke at a press conference in Saskatoon Thursday. Both apologized for the incidents and pledged to implement the calls to action.

They committed to make reparations to each woman to help on her “healing journey” from forced sterilization at the region’s hospital and indicated each woman needed an individualized approach.

APTN reached out to Melika Popp, one of the women featured in Crozier’s documentary who had been working with the external reviewers. She referred us to her recently-hired lawyer Alisha Lombard.

“We look forward to reviewing the report with our client.” she said.

Contact Holly here: hmoore@aptn.ca

Tags: , , , , , , ,

5 Responses to “Long awaited review into forced sterilization of Indigenous women at Saskatoon hospital finds “covert and overt racism” among staff”

  1. ilpeltier@yahoo.com'
    Ivan Peltier July 28, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

    What is the exact cost to my People when apologies abound after getting caught? What is the essence of the apology if it was taken after being caught? I’m sorry that I murdered future generations? This is an institutionalized learned concept from european immigrants who keep teaching it to their own offspring. The word’s that you fail to use is genocide before conception. Anyone who stood there and said nothing is just as guilty as the one’s that performed, ordered and carried out these procedures. They are all complicit in the crime of genocide. They all need to be held accountable with criminal prosecution and sentences of death or life in prison. After all isn’t that what the world court did to the Nazis at the Hague?

  2. goodhunting919@gmail.com'
    Charles Walking Crow July 29, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

    Expereinatnation and unwarranted medical surgery by ignorance and against tribal peoples is an old method and one I disapprove off, before and during WWII the fascist supremacist regime of that era sterilized hundreds of their own German people and anyone they liked, and I say again I am against male and female sterilization, also preceding WWII the European fascist regime established experimental installation to work of bodily comparisons or the purpose of racial exclusion from whites of the Mongolians and Indigenous Indians of the South America(s) they used Brazilian Kiowas and Koiswas descents like guinea-pigs changing the colours of brown Retina to blue and Serialisation of tribes people, the German academics of that political party did not care who they experimented on and after the Nuremberg trails the cases of reparations were endless, forced sterilization which I totally disagree with affected both genders of tribal peoples and in some cases is still being used unbeknown to many people as a means to ensure that various fascist extremist ideologists never have to fave any subversive opposition to themselves in future tenths.
    Some years ago the scientific and medical world of the West found out that certain people have especially strong genes that are prominent in various ethnic groups of tribal peoples opposed their dominating rule and threatened their totalitarian control so various heads of organizations and establishments set about a sterilization program on indigenous ethics to ensure their future rule over them could face little opposals (you can find a comparison reference in the documentary entitled American Hate, where a specialist outlines that fear of loss of future of control-ism)
    There can be no real compensation for forced sterilization even though each and every person sterilized against their will known or unbeknown to them must be compensated and the persons brought to justice and the is victims be no longer living then the families should be compensated in the same manner. where relevant documents prove this is the case
    People say that religion is a terrible killer but political ideology where medical science is its tool is a greater monster.

  3. goodhunnting919@gmail.com'
    Charles Walking Crow July 29, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

    Experimentations and unwarranted medical surgery by ignorance and against tribal peoples is an old method and one I disapprove off, before and during WWII the fascist supremacist regime of that era sterilized hundreds of their own German people and anyone they liked, and I say again I am against male and female sterilization, also preceding WWII the European fascist regime established experimental installation to work of bodily comparisons or the purpose of racial exclusion from whites of the Mongolians and Indigenous Indians of the South America(s) they used Brazilian Kiowas and Koiswas descents like guinea-pigs changing the colours of brown Retina to blue and Serialization of tribes people, the German academics of that political party did not care who they experimented on and after the Nuremberg trails the cases of reparations were endless, forced sterilization which I totally disagree with affected both genders of tribal peoples and in some cases is still being used unbeknown to many people as a means to ensure that various fascist extremist ideologists never have to have any subversive opposition to themselves in future tenths.
    Some years ago the scientific and medical world of the West found out that certain people have especially strong genes that are prominent in various ethnic groups of tribal peoples opposed their dominating rule and threatened their totalitarian control so various heads of organizations and establishments set about a sterilization program on indigenous ethics to ensure their future rule over them could face little opposable argument (you can find a comparison reference in the documentary entitled American Hate, where a specialist outlines that fear of loss of future of control-ism)
    There can be no real compensation for forced sterilization even though each and every person sterilized against their will known or unknown to them must be compensated and the persons brought to justice and the is victims be no longer living then the families should be compensated in the same manner. where relevant documents prove this is the case
    People say that religion is a terrible killer but political ideology where medical science is its tool is a greater monster.

  4. Mahara.allbrett@yahoo.com'
    Mahara July 30, 2017 at 4:37 am #

    This is so sad! I thought this had to do with the forced sterilization in residential schools but this is recent!
    Those who did the coercing are the ones who should not propagate. The world has enough ignorant people!

  5. joannehusak123@gmail.com'
    Joe August 3, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

    This happened because in most cases the women already had 7 to 10 children and were living on welfare. They couldn’t take care of the ones they had already. While it may seem wrong, it certainly was common sense. Seems like medical staff at the time were trying to help and now we need to apologize?