Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak Presents Métis Perspectives on Addressing Anti-Indigenous Racism in Canada’s Health Care Systems

January 28, 2021, Ottawa, ON – Melanie Omeniho, President of Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak / Women of the Métis Nation (LFMO), presented today to the Government of Canada, Indigenous Leaders, panellists and participants at a federal two-day meeting held to address Anti-Indigenous Racism in Canada’s Health Care Systems. As part of her presentation on intersectionality in health care, President Omeniho launched “Kokum Chat”, LFMO’s new digital short created for Métis Women, 2-spirited and LGBTQQIA+ folks to put a spotlight on forced and coerced sterilization and informed consent. 

This meeting was convened in response to the tragic death of Joyce Echaquan, a First Nations woman from Quebec who had the strength and courage to record the blatant racism she was subject to moments before her passing on September 28, 2020. Joyce’s brave actions have truly brought the issues of racism in health care to the fore and have demonstrated clearly the irreparable impacts of systemic racism on Indigenous people.

Read the full press release here.

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