Cree man says racism at walk-in clinic led to ER visit, wants better training for Sask. docs – CBC

Aug 31, 2022

Joseph Naytowhow says he is using his experience of racial stereotyping as a teaching moment

Warning: This story contains photos of a medical condition that some readers may find distressing

In March, Joseph Naytowhow was suffering from an uncomfortable pain below his ribcage, so he sought help at a walk-in clinic in Saskatoon.

He says he was shocked when the first thing the doctor asked was, “whether he took drugs and alcohol.”

“That’s the last thing on my mind. I’m there, I’m in pain, I just want to remedy this,” Naytowhow said. “What’s going on with the physicians’ training today? Is that how they’re trained, to ask questions like that if they see an Indigenous person?”

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