Sol Mamakwa – “We need a health care system that Indigenous peoples in Ontario can trust” – NetNewsLedger

SIOUX LOOKOUT — NDP MPP Sol Mamakwa (Kiiwetinoong), critic for Indigenous and Treaty Relations, released the following statement on the deaths of Brent Sky and Heather Winterstein. Sky, 32, of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, was sent home from a hospital in Kenora while experiencing head pain, and died the next day from a brain bleed. Winterstein, a 24-year-old Anishnawbe woman, was reportedly sent home from the hospital in St. Catharines after her pain was dismissed, and died the next day of a Strep A infection:

“Our hearts go out to the families of Brent Sky and Heather Winterstein. These two young Indigenous people had full, happy lives ahead of them, and I share in the sorrow their loved ones are feeling right now.

Their deaths in Kenora and St. Catharines are under investigation. But Indigenous people see these tragic deaths in the context of having watched generations of our people getting inequitable health care.

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