Providence Health Care needs to rehire the 4 indigenous workers it fired.

Providence Health Care needs to rehire the 4 indigenous workers it fired.

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Four unionized Indigenous health and wellness workers were terminated from St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver during a provincial investigation into racism in B.C.'s health-care system. It is under the guise of program expansion.  The 4 positions have been reposted with a social work degree component. Their job included advocating for Indigenous patients — spiritually, emotionally and physically — and stepping in when patients faced racism. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond said her report laid out concerns that St. Paul's, a hospital that serves many Indigenous people, did not have enough Indigenous health workers on board and should have more. Mike Old, a spokesperson for the union, said Providence is creating the new positions under the guise of truth and reconciliation but said he doesn't understand why the organization wouldn't protect a resource it already has. "They're uniquely placed to provide culturally appropriate direct support services to Indigenous community members in Vancouver, so it's our view that the program needs both [sets of positions]," Old said.  This is colonialist and racist and needs to stop.  

 

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