Fighting for a Hand to Hold: Confronting Medical

Fighting for a Hand to Hold: Confronting Medical Launched by healthcare providers in January , the aHandHold campaign confronted the Quebec government's practice of separating children from their families during medical evacuation airlifts, which disproportionately affected remote and northern Indigenous communities Pediatric emergency physician Samir ShaheenHussain's captivating narrative of this successful campaign, which garnered unprecedented public attention and media coverage, seeks to answer lingering questions about why such a cruel practice remained in place for so long In doing so it serves as an indispensable case study of contemporary medical colonialism in Quebec Fighting for a Hand to Hold exposes the medical establishment's role in the displacement, colonization, and genocide of Indigenous peoples in Canada Through meticulously gathered government documentation, historical scholarship, media reports, public inquiries, and personal testimonies, ShaheenHussain connects the draconian medevac practice with oftendisregarded crimes and medical violence inflicted specifically on Indigenous children This devastating history and ongoing medical colonialism prevent Indigenous communities from attaining internationally recognized measures of health and social wellbeing because of the pervasive, systemic antiIndigenous racism that persists in the Canadian public health care systemand in settler society at large ShaheenHussain's unique perspective combines his experience as a frontline pediatrician with his longstanding involvement in antiauthoritarian social justice movements Sparked by the indifference and callousness of those in power, this book draws on the innovative work of Indigenous scholars and activists to conclude that a broader decolonization struggle calling for reparations, land reclamation, and selfdetermination for Indigenous peoples is critical to achieve reconciliation in Canada

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