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Author Shaheen-Hussain, Samir, 1979- author.

Title Fighting for a hand to hold : confronting medical colonialism against indigenous children in Canada / Samir Shaheen-Hussain ; foreword by Cindy Blackstock ; afterword by Katsi'tsakwas Ellen Gabriel.

Publication Info. Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2020]

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Description 1 online resource.
Series McGill-Queen's indigenous and northern studies ; 97
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Medevac Airlifts in Quebec and the Non-Accompaniment Rule -- The #aHand2Hold Campaign: Confronting a System -- Social Determinants of Health: Equality, Equity, and Limitations -- Recognizing Systemic Racism: A Social Justice Approach -- Medical Culture and the Myth of Meritocracy -- A Little Matter of Genocide: Canada and the United Nations Convention -- From the Smallpox War of Extermination to Tuberculosis Deaths in Residential Schools -- Experimental Laboratories: Malnutrition, Starvation, and the BCG Vaccine -- Cruel Treatment: Indian Hospitals, Sanatoria, and Skin Grafting -- Gendered Violence: Forced Sterilization and Coercive Contraception -- Breaking Up Families: Child Welfare Services, Mass Evacuations, and Medical Disappearances -- Oral Histories and the Narrative of Genocide -- Capitalism and the Cost of Caring -- History Matters: Colonialism, Land, and Indigenous Self-Determination -- Decolonizing Health Care: Reparations before Reconciliation.
Summary "Launched by healthcare providers in January 2018, the #aHand2Hold campaign confronted the Quebec government's practice of separating children from their families during medical evacuation airlifts, which disproportionately affected remote and northern Indigenous communities. Pediatric emergency physician Samir Shaheen-Hussain's captivating narrative of this successful campaign, which garnered unprecedented public attention and media coverage, seeks to answer lingering questions about why such a cruel practice remained in place for so long. In doing so it serves as an indispensible case study of contemporary medical colonialism in Quebec. Fighting for A Hand to Hold exposes the medical establishment's role in the displacement, colonization, and genocide of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Through meticulously gathered government documentation, historical scholarship, media reports, public inquiries, and personal testimonies, Shaheen-Hussain connects the draconian medevac practice with often-disregarded crimes and medical violence inflicted specifically on Indigenous children. This devastating history and ongoing medical colonialism prevent Indigenous communities from attaining internationally recognized measures of health and social well-being because of the pervasive, systemic anti-Indigenous racism that persists in the Canadian public health care system--and in settler society at large. Shaheen-Hussain's unique perspective combines his experience as a frontline pediatrician with his long-standing involvement in anti-authoritarian social justice movements. Sparked by the indifference and callousness of those in power, this book draws on the innovative work of Indigenous scholars and activists to conclude that a broader decolonization struggle calling for reparations, land reclamation, and self-determination for Indigenous peoples is critical to achieve reconciliation in Canada."-- Provided by publisher.
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Subject Indigenous children -- Medical care -- Canada.
Indigenous peoples -- Medical care -- Canada.
Racism in medicine -- Canada.
Racism in medicine.
Indexed Term SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Shaheen-Hussain, Samir, 1979- Fighting for a hand to hold. Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2020 0228003601 9780228003601 (OCoLC)1141518304
ISBN 0228005132 electronic book
9780228005148 electronic book
0228005140 electronic book
9780228005131 (electronic bk.)