Dene Nation seeks formal apology for TB treatment in ‘Indian hospitals’ – CBC

Dene in the Northwest Territories part of $1.1 billion-lawsuit against hospitals

Jan 17, 2020

The Dene Nation is seeking a formal apology for the way its members were treated in medical institutions.

“A lot of our members, since 1945 to 1980, were sent down to the Charles Camsell Hospital,” said Dene National Chief Norman Yakeleya, referring to the former hospital in Edmonton. “A lot of our people that were sent down to the Charles Camsell Hospital suffered a lot of abuses.”

Yakeleya wants an apology similar to the one Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered to Inuit in Iqaluit last March.

Yakeleya raised the issue with Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal in Yellowknife earlier this week. That followed a conversation with Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Caroline Bennett last March, in which Yakeleya said she was receptive to the idea.

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