Carleton to Host Lecture on National and Indigenous Health Care

November 17, 2016

Carleton University will host the lecture Medicare and Medicine Chests: Indian Hospitals and the Construction of National Health in Postwar Canada presented by Maureen Lux. This event is part of the Shannon Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Department of Health Sciences.

When: Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Room 282, University Centre, Carleton University
Info: This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the History Lounge in Room 433, Paterson Hall, at 4 p.m.

Two narratives mark the history of health care in Canada in the decades after 1945. Better known is medicare, often told as a celebrated and progressive story of national health that improved health care for Canadians. The other chronicles the continuing health disparities in many, though not all, Indigenous communities and the seeming intractability of ill health.

The lecture will examine how these contradictory and competing narratives emerged through an analysis of racially segregated hospital care that served the interests of non-Indigenous Canadians and how medicare, not the medicine chest, came to define health policy for First Nations people.

About Maureen Lux
Lux teaches history at Brock University. Her latest book, Separate Beds: A History of Indian Hospitals in Canada, 1920s to 1980s, was published earlier this year. She is currently collaborating on a book about reproductive politics in 1970s Canada.

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