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Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City

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In September 2008, Brian Sinclair, a middle-aged non-Status Anishinaabe resident of Manitoba’s capital city wheeled himself into the Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg’s major downtown hospital. He was left untreated and unattended to for thirty-four hours in the Emercency Room, where he ultimately died from an easily treatable infection. McCallum and Perry show that ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by University of Manitoba Press (first published 2018)
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Stephanie
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really interesting book that examined the "structures of indifference" that led to the death of Brian Sinclair - an Indigenous man - in September 2008 at the Health Sciences Centre (HSC) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He went in for a routine procedure and, had he been treated in a timely manner, would have been fine. Instead he was, literally, "ignored to death" over 34 hours between Sept. 19th and 21st, 2008 when - even at the request of other patients who requested assistance for him on his ...more
Carol Lance
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brian Sinclair goes to the hospital to receive care, but he dies after 23 hours of sitting in the waiting room without ever being treated.

This is a look at what has transpired through the years between Canada and their indigenous people.

This is a great read that brings the history to the forefront, but tells the story of what Brian Sinclair endured both in life and death as an indigenous person in Winnipeg. You may think that the story took place many, many years ago, but in fact it took place
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Christy
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a concise, but thoughtful probe into the systemic issues facing our Indigenous peoples in health care, and by extension, other colonial structures. Highlighting the refusal to acknowledge tropes and inherent racism, even within the inquiry itself, this should be mandatory reading for anyone employed in the public sector...or really, just anyone.
Anneke Alnatour
So this was such an eye opening read! I really liked how the book was structured, going from system to system. It did a great job at making me understand how the event of Brian Sinclair's death was a product of these systems, that are rooted in Canadian history. It is a must read for all of us that are interested in the history of indigenous marginalisation within Canada.

So recommended.
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