It has eaten a hole in my heart’: Indigenous nurses call out systemic racism with life-or-death consequences – CBC Radio

March 2, 2018.

A hospital or doctor’s office is supposed to be a place of healing. But for many Indigenous people in Canada, it’s yet another place where they may fall prey to institutionalized discrimination.

Now, Indigenous caregivers are working to fight against the stereotypes and racism that exists inside the health-care system – which, as history has shown, can have dire life-or-death consequences for marginalized peoples.

“It has eaten a hole in my heart. It makes me cry regularly,” said Diane Lingren, provincial chair for the aboriginal leadership caucus for the B.C. Nurses Union.

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