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Action and positive change: the pathway forward to address Indigenous racism in health sector – Anishinabek News

March 26, 2024

THUNDER BAY — Serpent River’s Isaac Murdoch stressed the importance of focusing on action and positive change during his March 18 presentation at St. Joseph’s Care Group’s Regional Indigenous Knowledge Gathering Event: Walking Together with Humility. The gathering, held March 18-19 at the Victoria Inn in Thunder Bay, was hosted by N’doo’owe Binesi, the Indigenous Health division at St. Joseph’s Care Group, to explore pathways forward to address Indigenous racism in the health sector.

“One time, I was asked to facilitate a session with 30 principals and 30 six-year-olds — so I quickly divided the two groups up to form a chief and council each and they had to figure out how to get clean water to baby birds,” Murdoch says. “The adults came up with policy prescriptions, they came up with creating a new political party, they came up with a whole bunch of ideas and thoughts regarding legal frameworks and different things like that to try to accommodate environmental issues.”

Murdoch says the young people did something very different from the adults, they filled a clay pot full of water.

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