Bill on cultural safety in health coming, Quebec says, following forced sterilizations study – CBC

Report is latest to scrutinize treatment of Indigenous people in Quebec health-care services

Dec 04, 2022

Nearly a year after the Quebec government’s self-imposed deadline passed to enshrine cultural sensitivity into its health-care law, the province’s Indigenous affairs minister says it will finally introduce a bill to do so by the end of this parliamentary session.

Ian Lafrenière renewed his government’s promise Friday, just days after the release of a report that found at least 22 Indigenous women in Quebec had been forced or coerced into sterilization between 1980 and 2019, a practice that has been tied to colonialism and genocide.

The report is the latest among several to scrutinize the treatment of Indigenous peoples by health-care services in Quebec.

Lafrenière said the bill to include the principle of cultural safety into the law wasn’t passed in the spring as promised, because the Coalition Avenir Québec government wanted to address the issue in a separate bill, instead of including it in another one, as initially planned.

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