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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 2018, 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.

    Everyone who can get pregnant has the human right to make decisions around if, when, and how to create a family. Everyone has the right to live free from violence and discrimination. And everyone has 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, and 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 those who have been sterilized without their 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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