Medical travel benefits pending for Inuk woman living in Ontario – Nunatsiaq News

Nov 8, 2022

Tauni Sheldon taken from North as a Sixties Scoop child, hopes to accompany mom for medical treatment in Montreal

An Inuk woman who now lives in Ontario hopes to receive travel benefits to be a medical escort for her mother, even though Quebec officials initially turned her down last week.

Tauni Sheldon is a James Bay Northern Quebec Agreement beneficiary currently living in Guelph, Ont. She didn’t choose to leave the North when she was younger — on the day she was born in Thunder Bay, Ont., where her mother Nellie Kumarluk was forced to go to give birth, Sheldon was taken from her as part of the Sixties Scoop and raised by a family in Ontario.

Despite that, Sheldon and her mother have been close for a long time so when Kumarluk, 78, recently needed to seek cancer treatment in Montreal, Sheldon was asked by the health centre in Inukjuak, where her mother lives, to be her medical escort.

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