Race, Medicine and Healthcare: Indian Hospitals in 20th Century Canada 🗓

All interested students, faculty, and staff are invited to the next talk in the Hannah History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Speaker Series, sponsored by the Hannah Unit in the History of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences. Please find a poster attached.

Speaker:   Dr. Maureen Lux, Department of History, Brock University 

Respondent:  Dr. Amy Montour, Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University

Title: “Race, Medicine and Healthcare: Indian Hospitals in 20th Century Canada”

Date:  March 24, 2021

Time of Talk:  1:30 – 3:00pm

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Talk Description: As Canada embarked on national healthcare programs such as Medicare it also maintained a system of racially segregated hospitals for Indigenous people.  Poorly funded and badly managed, ‘Indian hospitals’ isolated Indigenous people from modern care.  This history exposes some of the twentieth-century roots of racism in healthcare.


Dr. Maureen Lux: Dr. Lux is Professor of History at Brock University.  Her award-winning publications explore the impact of colonization on the health of Indigenous peoples and the role of medicine and the state in maintaining health disparities.  Her latest book with co-author Erika Dyck is Challenging Choices: Canada’s Population Control in the 1970s (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020).

Dr. Amy Montour:  Dr. Montour is a Haudenosaunee woman from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She has completed Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Medicine degrees at McMaster University. Amy works clinically as a palliative care physician and as an advocate for Indigenous health. In addition, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Site Director for the Grand Erie Six Nations Family Medicine Residency Site, McMaster University.

This talk is co-sponsored by the following: 

  • Hannah History of Medicine Unit
  • Department of Family Medicine
  • Indigenous Health Learning Lodge Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Department of Religious Studies
  • Masters of Public Health
  • Bachelor of Health Science Program (Honours)
  • Department of Anthropology

The History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Speaker Series is made possible by an endowment from Associated Medical Services (AMS).

A poster for this talk is attached here.

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