Doctors say their concerns over racist email, Papal visit request dismissed by Alberta Health Services – CBC

Jul 20, 2022

Indigenous doctors felt pressure from supervisor to volunteer for Pope’s visit

Two Indigenous doctors say Alberta Health Services dismissed their concerns about a manager who sent racist and inappropriate emails to physicians, including about the upcoming visit to Alberta by Pope Francis.

Emails obtained by CBC News show that in March, a locum doctor applied to the health authority’s Indigenous Wellness Core program to fill in for Dr. James Makokis at a clinic on the Kehewin Cree Nation, 240 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

Dr. Ellen Toth, the AHS administrator in charge of ensuring Indigenous communities have physician coverage, shared the application form with colleagues with this comment:

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