First Nations Women's Evacuation during Pregnancy from Rural and Remote Reserves

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Title: First Nations Women's Evacuation during Pregnancy from Rural and Remote Reserves
Authors: Lawford, Karen
Date: 2011
Abstract: Pregnant First Nations women who live on reserves in rural and remote regions of Canada are routinely evacuated to urban cities to await labour and birth; this is commonly referred to as Health Canada's evacuation policy. I produced two stand alone papers to investigate this policy. In the fisrt, I investigated the development and implementation of the Canadian government's evacuation policy. Archival research showed that the evacuation policy began to take shape in 1892 and was founded on Canada's goals to assimilate and civilize First Nations. My second paper employed First Nations feminist theory to understand why the evacuation policy does not result in good health, especially for the First Nations women. Because the evacuation policy is incongruent with First Nations' epistemologies, it compromises First Nations' health. I offer policy recommendations to promote First Nations health in a way that is consistent with Firsy Nations' espitemologies and goals towards self-determination and self-governance.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/26034
CollectionÉtudes féministes et de genre - Mémoires // Feminist and Gender Studies – Research Papers
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