CFAS Statement on Recognizing and Denouncing Anti-Indigenous Racism in Canada

October 5th, 2020

Joyce Echaquan, a 37 year old Atikamekw de Manawan mother of seven, died last Monday at Joliette Hospital in Quebec. Instead of being shown compassion and care by the very people she went to for help, she suffered racist slurs and abuse.
 
Unfortunately, Joyce’s treatment is not an isolated incident. It is well documented that Indigenous people in Canada face disparities and discrimination. The traumatic video Joyce livestreamed serves as graphic proof for the world to bear witness to the systemic racism in healthcare in Canada. 
 
The Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society denounces anti-Indigenous racism and encourages thoughtful reflection and action. Racism in healthcare can be minimized through education and awareness about social disparities and inequities, as well as the consequences and legacies of colonization.  There are various online course options including the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies’ open online course “Indigenous Canada”. 
 
The reports of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman and Girls (MMIWG) Inquiry and, more recently, the Viens Commission in Quebec also serve as important resources.
 
As the Cree Nation Government states: “Let the death of Joyce Echaquan not be in vain. Let it be the shock that ends the culture of impunity and establishes accountability throughout the public services in their dealings with Indigenous persons.”
 
Sincerely,
 
Jason Hitkari, President (2020-2021)
Goldi Gill, Executive Director
CFAS Board of Directors
 
References:
Cree Nation Government Press Release September 29, 2020. Accessed online at:
 
Health and Health Care Implications of Systemic Racism on Indigenous Peoples in Canada (2016). Accessed online at: https://portal.cfpc.ca/ResourcesDocs/uploadedFiles/Resources/_PDFs/SystemicRacism_ENG.pdf
 
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIG). Executive Summary of the Final Report. (2019). Accessed online at: https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/MMIWG-Executive-Summary-ENG.pdf#:~:text=INTRODUCTION-,The%20National%20Inquiry%20into%20Missing%20and%
 
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action. (2012). Accessed online at: http://www.trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf
 
University of Alberta online course. Indigenous Canada. Accessed online at: https://www.ualberta.ca/
 
Viens Commission Report. (2019). Accessed online at: https://www.cerp.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/Fichiers_clients/Rapport/Final_report.pdf
 

CFAS Anti-Racism Statement

June 3rd, 2020

Dear members,
 
The Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) acknowledges that racism has permeated institutions like education, health care, and justice for centuries. Racism leads to severe consequences including health disparities. The CFAS denounces anti-Black racism and all forms of racism, prejudice and oppression. We stand in solidarity with those in our communities who have suffered or continue to suffer the consequences of racist behaviours and structural racism. We commit to confronting racism by opening up conversations to identify ways to address unconscious bias and support efforts to educate on and eliminate systemic oppression.
 
Sincerely,
 
The CFAS Board of Directors