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Resource List on Systemic Racism in Perinatal Health in Canada

My motivation in compiling this list was to find Canadian resources for participants in my birth doula workshop.

As a white Canadian, I tend to minimize the effects of racism within our institutions. American or British resources do not help me confront these issues, because I can reassure myself that “it’s not so bad here.” So I set out to find specifically Canadian resources to help me come face to face with the racist past and present of our country. I wanted to focus on health care, and particularly perinatal care, because these are the issues I am called to work on in my profession as a doula, childbirth educator, and doula trainer.

I have only included items that can be freely and easliy accessed (no scholarly article behind pay-walls), and I have chosen shorter items, because they are more likely to get read!

I welcome comments about anything from this list that you watch/read. This list is not final – I hope to continue to add to it and update it. I welcome contributions to the list, if you know of articles or videos you would like to share. Send them along!

Eva Bild, CD(DONA) BDT(DONA) LCCE
Victoria, BC
eva@motheringtouch.ca

 

 

Institutional/Systemic Racism in Hospitals in Canada

https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/IPeoples/EMRIP/Health/UniversityManitoba.pdf

Episode from CBC radio – White Coat Black Art: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/whitecoat/i-am-a-white-settler-why-that-matters-in-health-care-1.4545454/it-s-the-hardest-conversation-we-can-have-confronting-racism-in-health-care-1.4545477

https://portal.cfpc.ca/ResourcesDocs/uploadedFiles/Resources/_PDFs/SystemicRacism_ENG.pdf

 

Indian Hospitals (This is the term that was used for these now historical institutions.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUOuUo79zU8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLiyhvZTXXo

https://www.ictinc.ca/blog/a-brief-look-at-indian-hospitals-in-canada-0

https://www.canadashistory.ca/explore/books/separate-beds

 

Perinatal Care – Indigenous Families

https://diversityhealthcare.imedpub.com/canadian-indigenous-womens-perspectives-ofmaternal-health-and-health-care-services-asystematic-review.pdf

https://www.nccih.ca/docs/health/FS-AboriginalMaternalHealth-Smylie-EN.pdf

https://www.jogc.com/article/S1701-2163(16)34325-0/pdf

https://openpress.usask.ca/northernhealthcare/chapter/chapter-5-indigenous-birth/

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/324574736_Indigenous_Birth_in_Canada_Reconciliation_and_Reproductive_Justice_in_the_Settler_State

 

Forced Sterilization – Canada

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-november-13-2018-1.4902679/indigenous-women-kept-from-seeing-their-newborn-babies-until-agreeing-to-sterilization-says-lawyer-1.4902693

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aasDnMQcSvI

 

Perinatal Care – Black Canadians

https://www.chatelaine.com/living/black-birthing-experience-canada/

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/black-maternal-health-canada_ca_5ed90ae3c5b685164f2eab93

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0738399118309601?via%3Dihub

https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels/news/black-women-canada-higher-risk-preterm-births-256639

 

Anti-Black Racism in Canada – History

“Anti-Black racism is a particularly pernicious, borderless, and unique form of racism that has its roots in the Transatlantic slave trade. Slavery evolved into what Saidiya Hartman terms the “afterlife of slavery,” the modern-day, virulent, enduring forms of structural racial injustice and the different forms of structural inequalities that African descended people here in Canada and in other parts of the world continue to experience today.”

http://spacing.ca/toronto/2020/06/09/if-black-lives-truly-matter-in-canada-an-apology-for-slavery-is-only-a-first-step/

 

Anti-Black Racism Reading List

https://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/anti-black-racism-reading-list

 

Webinars

From the Canadian Public Health Association: Transforming our Response: Practical Tips on Providing Trauma Informed, Culturally Safe Care

Part 1 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lttfFKqT3yQ&feature=youtu.be

Part 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVcg5-DH9mk

Part 3 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em3Gc4ggO2c

 

Indigenous Cultural Safety Collaborative Learning Series

http://www.icscollaborative.com/webinars

 

San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training

This course costs $300 for anyone who is not employed by a BC health authority. But it is very highly recommended.

http://www.sanyas.ca/training/british-columbia/core-ics-health