Federal Government Must Act on Reports of Intentional Malnourishment and Testing of First Nations

Thompson - Reports of intentional malnourishment of First Nations children and subsequent testing by the Government of Canada have been met with shock and disgust by Canadians. Niki Ashton, MP for Churchill, has called on the Federal Government to listen to First Nations and take action.

A number of First Nations were targeted, including two in Northern Manitoba, Norway House and Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN) beginning in 1942 and continuing throughout the 1940s and the 1950s. "As the Member of Parliament for northern Manitoba, representing OCN and Norway House, I am appalled to learn of this way in which First Nations in our region and across Canada were exploited and intentionally impoverished. First Nations people have lived through colonialism in many forms, and now another chapter of this tragic recent history emerges."

Ashton supports the calls of the affected First Nations for action. "The Federal Government must break with its paternalistic way of doing things, and work with affected First Nations to act on these reports and respond to the inter-generational impacts of such actions."

"The Federal Government must be a willing partner and work with First Nations towards justice and healing."