Heartbroken by history

Letter writer saddened by account of First Nations' health care

The other week I was talking to a retired health care professional and the subject of higher rates of TB among First Nation populations came up. This person made comments that would suggest that the cause of this was due to some lack of hygiene or character.

A few days later I heard a heart breaking interview on CBC with a woman that is writing a book about the horrible history of ‘Native Hospitals.’ These institutions existed all across Canada for many decades and while they were called hospitals they were more a combination of warehouses and torture chambers. The idea was to isolate the Native population with TB, a European disease that they are more susceptible to. But all sick and injured Native people were sent to these poorly staffed and equipped buildings, whether they had TB or not, and no attempt was made to separate patients with or without TB, thus infecting many more Native people.

The horrendous stories of survivors that spent years of their childhood tied tightly to beds and suffering malnutrition, not let outside for years at a time are enough to make anyone break down and cry. As in the Residential Schools many children died from neglect and abuse and were buried without ceremony.

We all need to learn more about the true history of the colonization of this land and educate ourselves on what is going on now. What I learned from this is that prejudice comes from lack of information and education.


Erica Scott


Just Posted

South Slocan woman killed in Friday crash

Police continue to investigate cause of fatal crash

Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries School’s got talent

Talent show to be held Feb. 21 at Brilliant Cultural Centre

What’s Up: Things to see and do on Family Day

There’s plenty of fun to be had across the West Kootenay this coming long weekend!

Province announces $23 million for upgrades at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

West Kootenay-Boundary Regional Hospital District Board has yet to review the provincial proposal

Selkirk College Saints score pair of crucial wins

Stellar goaltending and timely goals lead to victory over the Vancouver Island University Mariners.

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould

Ammonia leak shuts down curling club in Nelson

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Lost a ring? This B.C. man will find it for you

Chris Turner founded The Ring Finders, an international directory of metal detector hobbyists

Poverty coalition has high hopes for B.C. poverty reduction strategy

Funding allocation expected to be released with 2019 budget

East Kootenay mine deaths prompt safety initiatives

Teck produces educational video, introduces new procedures after contractor drowns at Fording River

‘How did we get here?’: B.C. mom of transplant recipient worries about measles outbreaks

Addison, 7, cannot get a live vaccine because she has a heart transplant

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

Moose Hide campaign takes message to Canadian schools

Campaign launches new K-12 education platform

Most Read