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Military member victim of anti-Indigenous racism in hospital, First Nations council says

A member of the military who was turned away from a Duncan hospital despite serious medical symptoms, and was later committed to a psychiatric ward in Victoria, is a victim of anti-Indigenous racism, according to the First Nations Leadership Council.

The council is calling on Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, who is leading an independent investigation into anti-Indigenous racism in B.C.’s health-care system, to include the case of Cpl. Connor Sutton, 23, of the T’Sou-ke Nation.

Chief Don Tom, vice-president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, said for Sutton to be “held in the psych ward, with the immense physical, emotional, and mental trauma he is experiencing, and with there being no proper diagnosis of his condition, is cruel and appalling.”

The First Nations Leadership Council is calling on the relevant health authorities and service providers to end discriminatory conduct, and asking the Canadian Armed Forces to intervene when one of its own is affected by anti-Indigenous racism.

“He served his time in the military,” said Phillips. “We’re kind of surprised — usually if something happens like that, the military would be backing them up as much as possible.”
“To stand on the firing parapet and expose yourself to danger; to stand and fight a thousand miles from home when you're all alone and outnumbered and probably beaten; to spit on your hands and lower the pike; to stand fast over the body of Leonidas the King; to be rear guard at Kunu-Ri; to stand and be still to the Birkenhead Drill; these are not rational acts. They are often merely necessary.”
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Re: Military member victim of anti-Indigenous racism in hospital
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2020, 12:55:37 »
That's crappy.

The military angle is weird though; he's retired and walked into civilian hospital, not sure how the military is supposed to intervene as it's happening. He may be left swinging in the wind like a lot of vets by VAC, but we don't have the whole vet hospital thing like they do in the US.

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Re: Military member victim of anti-Indigenous racism in hospital
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2020, 13:37:10 »
The linked story in the OP does seem to suggest that the individual is not still serving, however another article has a different detail.
VICTORIA -- A peaceful demonstration was held outside the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria on Tuesday in support of a man whose family says he was only looking for medical help.

Demonstrators claimed that racism played a role in how an Indigenous member of the Canadian Armed Forces was forcibly removed from a Duncan hospital when seeking medical treatment on June 23.

Taliais Treena Black says that her 23-year-old son, Connor Sutton, was on leave from the military to attend a funeral on Vancouver Island in June.

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