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Uneasy marriage of native and mainstream medicine explored at Indigenous health conference in Hamilton

Oct 17, 2017

Freshly-minted McMaster med school graduates slipped on ceremonial short white coats, symbolizing their passage toward become doctors.

It felt, Amy Montour thought, like a secret society she had joined. And then a speaker celebrated them: You are the crème de la crème of society, he said.

Montour grew up on Six Nations; a high-school dropout who raised three kids while persevering through poverty and domestic violence.

“I was thinking: I bet he doesn’t know my story; I’m not the crème of anything. … I stand above nobody. My knowledge and skills don’t make me better, but give me a responsibility to help others.”

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