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Racism in Healthcare Series: Creating Systems Change

  • April 15, 2021 12:30 pm - 2 pm
  • Online Event

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Racism in Healthcare Series: Creating Systems Change, hosted by the Saskatchewan First Nations and Métis Health Research Network

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Confirmed panel members:

Dr. Veronica McKinney, Director, Northern Medical Services

Dr. Susan Shaw, Chief Medical Officer, Saskatchewan Health Authority 

Allan Adam, Chief Executive Officer, Athabasca Health Authority 

Cindy Smith, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association

Andre Letandre, Cultural Systems Advisor, First Nations and Métis Health, Saskatchewan Health Authority

The Saskatchewan First Nations and Métis Health Research Network (FMHRN), is hosting a three-part Racism in Healthcare webinar series. The series builds upon an emerging national movement to bring real change to the problem of racism within healthcare, as highlighted by the death of Joyce Echaquan in Quebec in September 2020, and the investigative report  In Plain Sight, on Indigenous-specific racism and discrimination in BC healthcare, released by Justice Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond last November. We would like to engage in these discussions within Saskatchewan.

In our 3-part webinar series we will explore how racism is addressed in and across health systems, licensing bodies, and organizations. We want to build awareness and action around what healthcare policy improvements are needed to mitigate racism and its inequitable impacts on health outcomes among Indigenous people.

This first webinar will focus on the ways in which Indigenous patients navigate our current health system, what processes and pathways they interact with when faced with a racist encounter, how complaints are managed within the health system and across regulatory bodies, and what response mechanisms exist to redress racism at the systems level.

We will set the stage for the first webinar with panel lead, Dr. Veronica McKinney, MD, CCFP, an Indigenous physician and Director of Northern Medical Services, who will provide a lay of the land for healthcare in the province. Dr. McKinney, who has Cree and Métis ancestry, is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s medical school, and she has decades of experience as a front-line practitioner, professor, and health care leader in Saskatchewan. She was named Physician Leader of the Year by the Saskatchewan Medical Association in 2020. Dr. McKinney uses her traditional cultural teachings when practicing medicine, and she is a strong advocate for Indigenous peoples’ health, as she has both witnessed and experienced racism and inequities firsthand.

We will invite the panel members to respond, situating their responses within their own organizational context. The webinar will lead directly into a discussion among the panelists.

Our goal is to create safe spaces for courageous conversations, to learn from one another in order to collectively inform short- and long-term solutions to racism in our health system, and to lead others into this critical discourse.