Human rights group alleges Indigenous seniors neglected at Slave Lake continuing care facility – CBC

Coalition for Justice and Human Rights says it hired an independent consultant after complaints

Jun 10, 2020

An Edmonton human rights group is calling for a public inquiry into Points West Living continuing care facilities in Alberta, led by Indigenous community members, following a consultant’s report that alleged residents are being physically, emotionally and culturally neglected at the company’s Slave Lake facility.

For months, the Coalition for Justice and Human Rights, working with community advocates, has been documenting instances of what it said was neglect and substandard care in Slave Lake continuing care facilities after “hearing these stories of Indigenous seniors who are very isolated and marginalized in these care facilities,” president Renée Vaugeois said.

Vaugeois said staff from the town’s Native Friendship Centre who visited Indigenous seniors in the town’s care facilities say they found unsanitary conditions, with some seniors in emotional and mental distress, unable to access food or sometimes even communicate with their caregivers because they could no longer speak English.

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