Métis women identify health as a key priority. It was noted in a 2001 Census that the Métis represent approximately 26% of the Aboriginal population in Canada but receive marginal access to Aboriginal health support and services provided by government.
WMN intends to work on identifying best practices in Métis health care and the development of policies and strategies to synergize Métis traditional holistic healing and modern western medicine with a view to the implementation of effective and evidence based health care policies that address health care issues that will benefit the Métis people, including Métis women.
WMN plans to consult with stakeholders on issues of mental health, alcohol and drug addiction with a view to developing policies and strategies to address those issues as they specifically relate to Métis people.
Forced and Coerced Sterilization
In 2017, media reports followed by a class action lawsuit uncovered that Indigenous women have experienced pressure or coercion by health care and other professionals to undergo a tubal ligation surgery so the woman can no longer bare children. Racism in the healthcare system has allowed these practices to continue and Indigenous women continue to report similar experiences. As recently as 2017, Métis women have been coerced by social workers, doctors and healthcare professionals to have tubal ligations and have even been told that they cannot leave the hospital or see their newborn babies if they do not undergo the procedure.
LFMO has been working with the Government of Canada to ensure that this practice is ended and that our Métis women are informed on their rights in the delivery room. Check out our policy statement below.