First Indigenous CMA President commits to apology for medical harms

By Jeremy Appel Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has begun the process of apologizing to First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities for the harms done to them by the Canadian medical system in the past and present, its first Indigenous president says. “Today, we formally recognize that the deep trust that should exist between health providers and Indigenous patients, families and communities continues to be damaged by racism, inequitable access, and ongoing harm from people and institutions within our health systems,” reads a June 13 statement from CMA president Dr. Alika Lafontaine. Before a formal apology occurs, the CMA intends to conduct an “honest examination” of its history, which “will require many uncomfortable and painful conversations,” Lafontaine explained. In order for the apology to be sincere,…

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