In Plain Sight: Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care

In June 2020, claims surfaced regarding a “Price is Right” game allegedly being played in B.C. hospital Emergency Departments (EDs), in which health care workers guess blood alcohol levels of Indigenous patients. B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix appointed Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond to lead an independent review into these allegations on June 19, 2020. This Addressing Racism Review (Review) was formally launched on July 9, 2020.

The Review team was asked to investigate the “Price is Right” allegation, situated and examined within a broader context of Indigenous-specific systemic racism in the health care system in B.C., to make findings of fact, and describe recommendations (see Appendix A: Terms of Reference). Delegation was provided under the Ministry of Health Act regarding access to data and information needed for the Review (see Appendix B: Delegation letter).

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To watch Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, lead investigator, and Adrian Dix, Health Minister, review allegations of racism in the health-care system. Please follow the link to watch the recording.

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