Lecture to discuss ‘the most dangerous form of racism”

Latest installment of the Weweni Indigenous Scholars Speaker Series to address inequity in public health in Canada

First Peoples, Second Class CareWINNIPEG, MB – Many Canadians are proud to live in a country with a public health system, but what will it take before they can be proud to say all Canadians receive the same level of care? Inequities can lead to tragic consequences, and on February 3 family physician and research scientist Dr. Janet Smylie will present her lecture First Peoples, Second Class Care: “The most dangerous form of racism is unintentional racism from health practitioners.” All are welcome to attend.

When: Wednesday, February 3, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Where: Convocation Hall (Wesley Hall, UWinnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue)

Dr. Smylie currently works as a research scientist at St. Michael’s hospital, Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH), where she directs the Well Living House Applied Research Centre for Indigenous Infant, Child and Family Health. Her primary academic appointment is as an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, she maintains a part-time clinical practice at Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto, and she has practiced and taught family medicine in a variety of Aboriginal communities. She is a member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, with Métis roots in Saskatchewan.

The Weweni Indigenous Scholars Speaker Series is presenting distinguished Indigenous scholars and celebrating the success of UWinnipeg students throughout academic year 20152016.

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Megan Benedictson, Communications Officer, The University of Winnipeg

P: 204.988.7129, E: me.benedictson@uwinnipeg.ca

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