Publisher: Alliance for Life, Canada
Year Published: 1977
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX411
Articles pertaining to Inuit and native rights related to sterlization.
Abstract: The Alliance for Life is a pro-life, non-sectarian organization of groups and individuals who believe that all life before and after birth has a right to care and protection. It serves as the national co-ordinator, encouraging the formation of pro-life groups, supplying information on the life issues and seeking to educate all Canadians concerning the preservation and dignity of human life. Among the articles included in the national scene section of the above issue is one entitled "Slow Genocide for our Native Peoples?" It reports a high rate of sterilisation of Inuit (Eskimo) women as part of a pattern of discrimination among native peoples by the federal government. Contrary to a statement by Alastair Gillespie, M.P.(Etobicoke), received in turn from Warren Allmand, Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, that there is no policy to sterilize the native population but simply to offer sterilization in certain instances. Fr. Robert Lechat of the Oblate Mission In Igloolik, N.W.T., raises valid and logical questions about this so-called "offer." He has doubts about the Inuit woman's understanding of it in view of the language problem and of the prevention of a free joint decision by both husband and wife in favour of the operation because of distances separating them at the time. The same issue critically analyses the Badgley Report and, in particular, the alarming response to this report on the part of Federal Health and Welfare Minister Marc Lalonde.
Periodical profile published 1977