Canada Class action suit says Canada used Indigenous people as medical 'guinea pigs'

06:55  10 may  2018
06:55  10 may  2018 Source:   cbc.ca

Trudeau pleads for time on Indigenous agenda

  Trudeau pleads for time on Indigenous agenda Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is asking for patience on his government's Indigenous rights agenda, saying he believes it is better to get it right rather than try to get things done quickly. During an appearance at a special gathering of the Assembly of First Nations today, Trudeau was pressed by a chief to commit to tangible action on his government's promises to First Nations and Indigenous peoples and to act before the next election.

Tony Merchant, the principal at Regina-based Merchant Law group, says the suit ties together experiences affecting thousands of Indigenous people in Canada , who were treated like guinea pigs and given different treatments than their non- Indigenous peers.

Tony Merchant, the principal at Regina-based Merchant Law group, says the suit ties together experiences affecting thousands of Indigenous people in Canada , who were treated like guinea pigs and given different treatments than their non- Indigenous peers.

a broken window on the side of a building: Merchant Law Group filed the suit last week in the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan on behalf of John Pambrun, a resident of Lestock, Sask., and one of thousands of children the suit claims were mistreated.© Guy Quenneville/CBC Merchant Law Group filed the suit last week in the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan on behalf of John Pambrun, a resident of Lestock, Sask., and one of thousands of children the suit claims were mistreated.

A Saskatchewan man has launched a class-action lawsuit alleging the federal government is responsible for experiments and the inadequate medical treatment of residential school students and Indigenous patients at hospitals and sanatoriums across the country.

Merchant Law Group filed the suit last week in the Court of Queen's Bench for Saskatchewan on behalf of John Pambrun, a resident of Lestock, Sask. and one of thousands of children the suit claims were mistreated.

Pot legalization a 'process,' says PM

  Pot legalization a 'process,' says PM Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left the door open Wednesday to a possible delay in enacting his government's cannabis legalization bill — a move recommended by a Senate committee concerned with Indigenous issues. In a report issued Tuesday, the Senate aboriginal peoples committee called on the government to put off legalizing marijuana for up to a year so broader consultations on the matter could take place with Indigenous communities.The report said the government's "atrocious" lack of proper consultation on its cannabis bill undermines its claims to be trying to have a new and better relationship with Indigenous peoples.

A class - action lawsuit has been filed against the Canadian government on behalf of a group of Indigenous people who say they were subjected to medical experiments in residential schools and sanatoriums without their consent. Story continues below.

In a class action lawsuit filed in May, thousands of Indigenous people have sued Canada for subjecting them to scientific medical experiments without their consent between the 1930s and 1950s.

Tony Merchant, the principal at Regina-based Merchant Law group, says the suit ties together experiences affecting thousands of Indigenous people in Canada.

"Canada treated Registered Indian and Inuit children as guinea pigs, rats, objects of experiments, owned property, lesser human beings, the possession of Canada to do with them as Canada might choose," according to the suit.

The suit has not been tested in court.

This is not the first time such a suit has been filed in Canada. In January, two Canadian law firms filed a $1.1-billion class-action lawsuit on behalf of former patients of 29 segregated hospitals operated across the country by the federal government between 1945 and the early 1980s.

Man had part of lung removed: suit

Pambrun spent more than five years in hospitals and sanatoriums, including the Saskatoon Sanitorium, from the ages of eight to 15, the latest suit says.

Interest high in Indigenous pipeline course

  Interest high in Indigenous pipeline course CALGARY - Gerald Scott's perspective has shifted since he spent 10 days on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota which — until early last year — was the site of months of high-profile protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Scott, who is from the Swan Lake First Nation in Manitoba, wanted to take a stand against what he saw as trampling of Indigenous rights. "I'm a warrior by nature. I'm a warrior by heart." Scott has since Scott, who is from the Swan Lake First Nation in Manitoba, wanted to take a stand against what he saw as trampling of Indigenous rights.

Ontario (teleSUR) – In a class action lawsuit filed in May, thousands of Indigenous people have sued Canada for subjecting them to scientific medical experiments without their consent between the 1930s and 1950s.

Class - action suit filed on behalf of thousands of people allegedly subjected to medical tests without consent in the mid-20th century. Canada indigenous women were coerced into sterilisations, lawsuit says .

According to the statement of claim, doctors at the Saskatoon Sanitorium removed part of Pambrun's right lung in 1955  as a treatment for tuberculosis, even though tests had revealed he did not have TB and despite antibiotics having become "the standard treatment for tuberculosis."

The experience has left Pambrun with breathing problems that affected his experience of life and limited his employment options, Merchant told CBC News Wednesday.

Ear and nutrition experiments

The suit also alleges nutritional experiments were carried out on students, without their consent, at residential schools in B.C., Ontario, Alberta and Nova Scotia.

Another 165 students from Cecilia Jeffrey School in Kenora, Ont., were used to test an experimental drug on children with ear problems, with some suffering significant hearing loss, according to the suit.

Changes to child protection act greeted with cautious optimism .
One Innu parent who lost his son to suicide says he's thankful for new provisions, but cautions that the road to change will be long. Tshakapesh lost his 16-year-old son, Thunderheart, to suicide last year. Thunderheart had been removed from his home in Natuashish after his parents made a voluntary request to Child, Youth and Family Services, seeking help for their teenaged son's addiction issues.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!