Forced evacuation of pregnant Indigenous women must stop – Toronto Star

Jan. 4, 2022

The main reason that Indigenous women are forced to undergo travel is because they do not have access to adequate health care services on their reserves

Pregnant Indigenous women are being forced to travel hundreds of kilometres to give birth alone and away from their communities. Health Canada has a birth evacuation policy that requires them to take planes, buses, boats, helicopters, taxis, or even snow machines two to four weeks before birth to await labour in boarding homes or motels.

The main reason that Indigenous women are forced to undergo travel is because they do not have access to adequate health care services on their reserves due to inconsistent funding and jurisdictional issues between the provincial and federal governments.

Read More: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2022/01/04/forced-evacuation-of-pregnant-indigenous-women-must-stop.html

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