Oct 14, 2021
Samir Shaheen-Hussain: Decolonizing Medicine
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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.

Book website:

Lancet review:

New Scientist interview:

Le Monde interview:

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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