Oct 14, 2021
Samir Shaheen-Hussain: Decolonizing Medicine
Play • 49 min

Sam talks to Pediatric Emergency physician Samir Shaheen-Hussain about medical colonialism, physician-enabled violence against Indigenous children, and his journey as an activist.

Samir is the author of “Fighting for a Hand to Hold: Confronting Medical Colonialism Against Indigenous Children in Canada” (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020).

Show Notes:

CLARIFICATION: Samir mentions working in Oji-Cree communities during his experience in Sioux Lookout as a medical trainee. The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority serves 33 First Nations, some of which are Oji-Cree. Pikangikum, which Samir mentions, is an Ojibwe First Nation.

Samir's book website
Lancet review of Samir's book
New Scientist interview with Samir
Le Monde interview with Samir
NY Times article on unmarked residential school graves

CEGEP = mandatory pre-university junior college in Quebec
Nunavik = homeland of the Inuit in present-day Quebec
Eeyou = what the Cree in present-day Quebec call themselves

Map of First Nations in Quebec
Summary Report of the Quebec Viens Commission (to which Samir testified)
Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada


Recorded July 26, 2021
Music: Mr Smith  
Art: Jeff Landman
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