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Call on provinces and territories in Canada to end sterilization without consent

    Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 16:02

    Across Canada and as recently as 2017, Indigenous women report being forcibly or coercively sterilized. Some women were incorrectly told the procedure is reversible. Others were separated from their babies until they consented to a tubal ligation.

    Forced and coerced sterilizations of Indigenous women are a result of systemic bias and discrimination against Indigenous peoples in the provision of public services in Canada, a pattern well known and acknowledged by government. They are an assault on the cultural integrity of societies that have already endured grave human rights violations including forced assimilation.

    Sterilizing women without their free, full, and informed consent is a form of violence and torture. Measures to prevent births within ethnic or racial groups is explicitly prohibited by the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

    All women have the human right to make decisions around if, when, and how to create a family. All women have a right to live free from violence and discrimination. All women have a right to health.

    The federal government is responsible for taking a leadership and coordination role in investigating this issue, stopping it, and ensuring justice for survivors.

    Provinces, territories, and medical colleges also have a role to play given provincial/territorial jurisdiction over healthcare in Canada. Call on the authorities in the province or territory where you live, as well as medical bodies, to end sterilization of Indigenous women without their consent.

    WHAT CAN I DO?

    Please write to the provincial/territorial government and the medical body where you live.

    • Start with Dear (add Salutation included in the contact list below, i.e. Dear Minister)
    • In your first sentence, tell explain who you are, where in Canada you live, and why you are upset that Indigenous women in Canada are being sterilized without their free, full, and informed consent
    • Note that the central issue is consent. No one should be sterilized without providing their free, full, informed consent.

    Call on them to:

    • Participate fully in any meetings, hearings, and investigations into this issue launched at the federal level, and/or launch an independent provincial/territorial investigation into sterilization without consent;
    • Change policies and procedures to ensure no more women are sterilized without their free, full, and informed consent;
    • Immediately convene a meeting on this issue including provincial or territorial authorities and colleges of physicians and surgeons, nurses, and social workers, Indigenous women’s organizations, and survivors; and
    • Centre all actions taken on the voices and needs of women who have been sterilized without consent.

      WHERE DO I SEND MY MESSAGE?

      BRITISH COLUMBIA

      The Honourable Adrian Dix

      Minister of Health

      Room 337 Parliament Buildings

      Victoria, BC V8V 1X4

      HLTH.Minister@gov.bc.ca

      @AdrianDix

      ALBERTA

      The Honourable Sarah Marjorie Hoffman

      Minister of Health

      423 Legislature Building, 10800 - 97 Avenue

      Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6

      health.minister@gov.ab.ca

      @SHoffmanAB

      SASKATCHEWAN

      The Honourable Jim Reiter

      Minister of Health

      Room 204, Legislative Building

      2405 Legislative Drive

      Regina, SK S4S 0B3

      he.minister@gov.sk.ca

      MANITOBA

      The Honourable Cameron Friesen

      Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living

      302 Legislative Building, 450 Broadway

      Winnipeg, MB R3C 0V8

      minhsal@leg.gov.mb.ca

      @Min_Friesen

      ONTARIO

      The Honourable Christine Elliott

      Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

      Hepburn Block, 10th Floor, 80 Grosvenor St.

      Toronto, ON M7A 1E9

      christine.elliott@ontario.ca

      @celliottability

      QUEBEC

      The Honourable Danielle McCann

      Minister of Health and Social Services

      Édifice Catherine-De Longpré

      1075, chemin Sainte-Foy, 15e étage

      Quebec, QC G1S 2M1

      ministre@msss.gouv.qc.ca

      NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

      The Honourable John Haggie

      Department of Health and Community Services

      PO Box 8700

      First Floor, West Block, Confederation Building

      St. John's, NL A1B 4J6

      hcsminister@gov.nl.ca

      @JohnRockDoc

      NEW BRUNSWICK

      The Honourable Hugh J.A. Flemming

      Minister of Health

      HSBC Place, PO Box 5100

      Fredericton, NB E3B 5G8

      Hugh.Flemming@gnb.ca

      @TedFlemming

      PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

      The Honourable Robert Mitchell

      Minister of Health and Wellness

      4th Floor North, Shaw Building

      105 Rochford Street

      Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

      rjmitchell@gov.pe.ca

      @RobMitchellMLA

      NOVA SCOTIA

      The Honourable Randy Delorey

      Minister of Health and Wellness

      Barrington Tower, 1894

      Barrington Street
      PO Box 488

      Halifax, NS B3J 2R8

      Health.Minister@novascotia.ca

      @RandyDelorey

      YUKON

      The Honourable Pauline Frost

      Minister of Health and Social Services

      Yukon Legislative Assembly, Box 2703

      Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

      pauline.frost@gov.yk.ca

      @PFFrostOldCrow

      NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

      The Honourable Glen Abernethy

      Minister of Health and Social Services

      PO Box 1320

      Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9

      glen_abernethy@gov.nt.ca

      @GlenAbernethy

      NUNAVUT

      The Honourable George Hickes

      Minister of Health

      PO Box 1000 Station 200

      Iqaluit, NT X0A 0H0

      ghickes@gov.nu.ca

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