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Separate Beds: A History of Indian Hospitals in Canada, 1920s - 1980s (webinar)

This webinar will provide an overview of the book: Separate Beds: A History of Indian Hospitals in Canada, 1920s – 1980s. Separate Beds is the shocking story of Canada’s system of segregated health care. Operated by the same bureaucracy that was expanding health care opportunities for most Canadians, the “Indian Hospitals” were underfunded, understaffed, overcrowded, and rife with coercion and medical experimentation. Established to keep the Aboriginal tuberculosis population isolated, they became a means of ensuring that other Canadians need not share access to modern hospitals with Aboriginal patients. Tracing the history of the system from its fragmentary origins to its gradual collapse, Dr. Lux will describe the arbitrary and contradictory policies that governed the “Indian Hospitals,” the experiences of patients and staff, and the vital grassroots activism that pressed the federal government to acknowledge its treaty obligations. Webinar participants will gain a deeper appreciation of this legacy which continues to affect attitudes and perceptions about TB today.

Please note webinar registration is limited to 500 participants. This webinar will be recorded; by registering for this webinar you are providing your consent to this recording. Webinar registration and delivery is in English.