Practicing
Practicing
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). 


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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. 
https://www.slfnha.com/about-2/communities/

Book website: www.fightingforahandtohold.ca

Lancet review: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)01369-6/fulltext?rss=yes

New Scientist interview: https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/07/09/samir-shaheen-hussain-au-canada-le-colonialisme-a-tue-les-enfants-autochtones_6087723_3210.html

Le Monde interview: https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/07/09/samir-shaheen-hussain-au-canada-le-colonialisme-a-tue-les-enfants-autochtones_6087723_3210.html

NY Times article on unmarked residential school graves: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/26/world/canada/indigenous-residential-schools-grave.html

Terminology:
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: http://www.esaquebec.ca/communities

Summary Report of the Quebec Viens Commission (to which Samir testified): https://www.cerp.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/Fichiers_clients/Rapport/Summary_report.pdf

Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada: https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1450124405592/1529106060525

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Recorded July 26, 2021
Music: Mr Smith  https://freemusicarchive.org/music/mr-smith
Art: Jeff Landman

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