York U: Canadian author to speak about segregated Indigenous healthcare

In Gary Geddes’ book, the dark past of Indigenous healthcare is revealed

TORONTO, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 – Testimony from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission inspired author Gary Geddes to write Medicine Unbundled and will inspire a public conversation at York University.

Geddes, an award-winning author and poet from B.C.’s Thetis Island, takes a historical look at the impact of life for members of First Nations in segregated Indigenous hospitals, including abuse, neglect and medical experiments. Geddes will hold a public conversation about his book and its persuasive account of some of the catastrophic impacts of Canadian government policies on the health of Canada’s Indigenous community.

In support of York University’s commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation project, York U’s Faculty of Health and the Department of English are jointly sponsoring Geddes’ talk entitled, “The Politics of Disease: Indigenous Health Care, a Genocide by Any Other Name” on November 1. He will discuss his critically acclaimed book Medicine Unbundled: A Journey through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care.

Geddes has written and edited close to 50 books of poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, criticism, translation, and anthologies. He is the recipient of several national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), the fifth annual Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, and the Gabriela Mistral Prize from the government of Chile, awarded simultaneously to Octavio Paz, Vaclav Havel, Ernesto Cardenal, Rafael Alberti and Mario Benedetti.
WHAT: A Public event: The Politics of Disease: Indigenous Health Care, a Genocide by Any Other Name

WHO:  Gary Geddes, co-sponsored by the Faculty of Health and the Department of English

WHEN: Wed. Nov. 1, 2017, Author Talk 5:00-6:30pm, Book Signing 6:30-7:30pm.

WHERE:  Life Sciences Building Room 105, #90 on MAP

Media: Please RSVP to Anjum Nayyar, York University Media Relations, 416 736 2100 ext. 44543 [email protected]

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