Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says she's troubled by reports of Indigenous women in and around Saskatoon being coerced into tubal ligation procedures.

A report issued last week found a number of Indigenous women from Saskatoon and the surrounding area were coerced into having their Fallopian tubes clamped or severed after giving birth at a hospital.

Bennett says the report's findings are a reminder that racism continues to exist within all institutions.

The minister, a physician herself, says the issue demands urgent attention, saying it can be very difficult for patients to deal with health care providers who discriminate.

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The researchers behind last week's report say the experience of Indigenous women in Saskatchewan is likely not exclusive to the province.

They say a broader review would help determine the extent to which the problem exists elsewhere in Canada.