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.”