Independent investigation into Indigenous-specific racism in British Columbia's health care system

For immediate release


July 10, 2020


VICTORIA, B.C. – In response to yesterday's announcement by independent investigator, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, on the launch of an investigation into Indigenous-specific racism in British Columbia's health care system, Adam Olsen, B.C. Green Party interim leader and MLA for Saanich-North and the Islands has issued the following statement: 


“Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has assembled a team to investigate racism in B.C's health care system including specific allegations of racist behaviour in emergency rooms. A new survey will ask all Indigenous people in the province to confidentially provide information about experiences while accessing the health services.


“I am confident that Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond and her team will develop a safe and secure process that will help us understand the extent and inform us on the acts government needs to take to get to the root of the problem. 


“To share your experience of racism in B.C.’s health care system or speak to someone about concerns of racism please call 1.888.600.3078 or email Addressing_Racism@gov.bc.ca. To fill out the survey visit engage.gov.bc.ca/addressingracism/

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