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Pharma and medical research industries have routinely exploited poor, powerless

October 17th, 2013 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Pharma and medical research industries have routinely exploited poor, powerless)

The truly shocking aspect of revelations concerning the use of native children as research subjects is that we were shocked by the revelation, says author Tom Koch

picture 496Demonstrations were held across the country Thursday July 25, 2013 as a growing chorus of Canadians urged the federal government to release documents related to nutritional experiments done on aboriginal children decades ago. The protests, which varied in size, were sparked by a report published earlier in the month that said 1,300 children in northern Manitoba and at six residential schools across Canada were deprived of food and used as subjects to test the effects of minerals and vitamins in the 1940s and 1950s. [source: CTV]. (more…)

Canada needs to be a leader in dealing with Indigenous issues, former PM says

October 16th, 2013 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Canada needs to be a leader in dealing with Indigenous issues, former PM says)

Former prime minister Paul Martin says that the only way in which the vow of ‘never again’ can have any substance is if people have a full awareness of what happened

picture 495Food, health and nutrition historian Ian Mosby, in what he called the most difficult research project he’d ever undertaken, has revealed that between 1942 and 1952, some of Canada’s leading nutrition experts, in cooperation with various federal departments, conducted an unprecedented series of nutritional studies of Aboriginal communities and residential schools. (more…)

Abused child was ‘out of sight’ but survived her horrific ordeal

September 26th, 2013 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Abused child was ‘out of sight’ but survived her horrific ordeal)

Report by the British Columbia Representative for Children and Youth prompts immediate reaction from governments in British Columbia and Saskatchewan, along with pledges to improve child safety

picture 503The tragic case of a young Aboriginal girl who suffered horrific abuse and neglect for 18 months at the hands of unfit care givers points to significant improvements that are required to British Columbia’s child protection system as well as to the protocol that guides the interprovincial transfer of such vulnerable children across Canada. (more…)

Canada needs to be a leader in dealing with Indigenous issues, former PM says

August 1st, 2013 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Canada needs to be a leader in dealing with Indigenous issues, former PM says)

Former prime minister Paul Martin says that the only way in which the vow of ‘never again’ can have any substance is if people have a full awareness of what happened

picture 495Food, health and nutrition historian Ian Mosby, in what he called the most difficult research project he’d ever undertaken, has revealed that between 1942 and 1952, some of Canada’s leading nutrition experts, in cooperation with various federal departments, conducted an unprecedented series of nutritional studies of Aboriginal communities and residential schools. (more…)

Pharma and medical research industries have routinely exploited poor, powerless

August 1st, 2013 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Pharma and medical research industries have routinely exploited poor, powerless)

The truly shocking aspect of revelations concerning the use of native children as research subjects is that we were shocked by the revelation, says author Tom Koch

picture 496Demonstrations were held across the country Thursday July 25, 2013 as a growing chorus of Canadians urged the federal government to release documents related to nutritional experiments done on aboriginal children decades ago. The protests, which varied in size, were sparked by a report published earlier in the month that said 1,300 children in northern Manitoba and at six residential schools across Canada were deprived of food and used as subjects to test the effects of minerals and vitamins in the 1940s and 1950s. [source: CTV]. (more…)

Over-representation of Aboriginal people in federal prisons is pervasive and growing

March 14th, 2013 | Posted by pfmarchive in uncategorized - (Comments Off on Over-representation of Aboriginal people in federal prisons is pervasive and growing)

Canada’s correctional investigator says stronger leadership and improved implementation of mandated Aboriginal initiatives are needed to address a growing crisis in our prisons

picture 462More than twenty years after Parliament enacted the Corrections and Conditional Release Act allowing the Correctional Service of Canada to enhance Aboriginal community involvement in corrections and respond to the unique needs and circumstances that contribute to high incarceration rates for Aboriginal people, disparities in opportunities and outcomes between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal offenders continue to widen, finds a report issued by the Correctional Investigator of Canada. (more…)