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This first webinar of the Pathways to Indigenous health series explores what denialism is and how it undermines efforts to decolonize Canada’s healthcare system. Dr. Sean Carlton, Assistant Professor of History and Indigenous Studies at the University of Manitoba, examines how a speech delivered by Canadian Senator Lynn Beyak in 2017 uses residential school denialism as a strategy to legitimize settler privilege and defend anti-Indigenous racism. He proposes practical strategies to address and confront denialism and advance health equity for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples in Canada.
Pathways to Indigenous health is a series of webinars hosted by the NCCIH. Between September 2023 and April 2024, this series of webinars will explore a variety of topics related to the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. The series intends to strengthen the links between knowledge, policy, and practice, by supporting the educational journeys of healthcare workers, public health audiences, and beyond.
Sean Carleton is a settler historian and Assistant Professor in the departments of History and Indigenous Studies at the University of Manitoba. He is the author of Lessons in Legitimacy: Colonialism, Capitalism, and the Rise of State Schooling in British Columbia (UBC Press, 2022).