NWT report attacks “systemic racism” in health care, says minister – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Mar 1, 2017 

YELLOWKNIFE _ The health minister of the Northwest Territories says recommendations from a recent investigation into the death of an elder will help address systemic racism in the territory’s health-care system.

Glen Abernethy says accepting the recommendations will help ensure that what happened to Hugh Papik, an elder from Aklavik, never happens again.

Papik died last summer from a stroke.

Staff at his care home assumed that he was drunk and care was delayed until it was too late.

Four of the 16 recommendations deal with cultural training for health-care workers and ensuring more indigenous people work in the system.

Others deal with improving training currently given to workers at care homes, as well as medical transport in the territory.


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