Fighting for a Hand to Hold: Confronting Medical Colonialism Against Indigenous Children in Canada

Grand Rounds
Conference Date 
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 12:00 to 13:00
Name of speaker 
Dr. Samir Shaheen Hussain

Dr. Samir Shaheen-Hussain is a Montreal pediatric emergency physician and assistant professor at McGill University's Faculty of Medicine. He co-founded the #aHand2Hold campaign.



Educational Objectives:

  • Summarize how medical colonialism and anti-Indigenous systemic racism persist in healthcare provision today by using the 2018 #aHand2Hold advocacy campaign as a case-study.
  • Review the historical context of genocidal medical violence against Indigenous children in Canada, including its implications on healthcare education, research and clinical care today.
  • Identify our role as pediatric educators, researchers and clinicians to engage in decolonizing healthcare using a social-justice approach.

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