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Doctor gives First Nations child 'Greetings, Native Savages' sticker
Listuguj chief Scott Martin wants meeting with head of Campbellton hospital over alleged incidents of racism

A physician at the Campbellton Regional Hospital handed out a “Greetings, Native Savages” sticker to a Listuguj First Nations child recently, prompting an outcry within the Listuguj community.

“This is unacceptable, insensitive and was very upsetting,” said Listuguj Chief Scott Martin in a letter sent to Gilles Lanteigne, president and CEO of the Vitalité Health Network.

“This level of insensitivity points to a dearth of cultural competency and cultural safety at your hospital,” Martin said in the letter.

Martin wants to meet with Lanteigne over allegations of “disturbing stories of discrimination and unprofessional behaviour” on the part of staff at the Campbellton Regional Hospital.

Martin said there have been other situations that point to “racist attitudes” of some hospital staff, including an incident with a receptionist at the hospital who allegedly said she would not provide drugs to a band member who had come to the hospital for treatment.

“[She] made disparaging remarks by insinuating the individual would abuse these drugs.

This person had no drug convictions or addictions whatsoever.”

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New Brunswick to rename ‘Negro Brook Road,’ 8 other racially charged landmarks
The Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture is investing $50,000 to rebrand the sites with names that reflect the black history of each area.
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The New Brunswick government is re-naming Negro Brook Road, as the province embarks on a plan to update the names of nine landmarks bearing the racially charged word.

The road, outside Sussex, N.B., is being renamed Harriet O’Ree Road.

The Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture is investing $50,000 to rebrand the sites with names that reflect the black history of each area.

The province worked with the New Brunswick Black History Society to honour O’Ree, who according to the 1851 West Sussex Census, was a black resident in the area.

Some members of the society resisted the change, saying the word “negro” is a part of loyalist heritage in Canada.

Others argue the word has been tainted through years of culturally insensitive misuse.

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New Brunswick dentists offering free services to Syrian refugees
Refugees suffering from years of severe dental neglect, say dentists.

Some New Brunswick dentists are doing pro bono work for Syrian refugees, because they say a mouth full of disease and decay is no way to make a fresh start.    

“It’s to give them a fair chance,” says Dr. Mike Ramey, a Fredericton dentist who has pledged to provide one year of comprehensive care to several Syrian families making up 33 individuals.

“So that they’re able to focus when they’re taking English language training,” he says.

“So that if they find employment, they can show up for work, without having to take sick time.”

Throbbing pain from chronic and flaring infections has driven Syrian patients to New Brunswick clinics, in tears.  

Dentists in this province say these adults and children have some of the worst cases of dental neglect that they’ve ever seen.

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