Ted Quewezance blasts First Nations' access to health care

A prominent First Nations leader used a speech at the Canadian Medical Association to blast how he said First Nations people are treated by the health care system.

'That attitude that we're not Canadians'

See why Ted Quewezance, former chief of the Keeseekoose First Nation, gets a standing ovation at the Canadian Medical Association general meeting 2:56

A prominent Saskatchewan First Nations leader is setting his sights on the health care system.

Ted Quewezance is former chief of the Keeseekoose First Nation. He's also a residential school survivor.

Quewezance claims that First Nations are poorly served by the health care system, both in terms of access and attitude. Even sorting out who is responsible is a challenge.

"Within our region, it's whose responsibility is it? Is it the federal responsibility or is it the health authority within the district where you live," he said in an interview.

Quewezance also said that First Nations patients simply don't get the same level of service as other patients.

"It's that mentality of individuals, that attitude that we're not Canadians and they tend to do what you have to do. If I go to a doctor they don't ask you nothing, they just write you a prescription."

Quewezance spoke this week at the Canadian Medical Association general meeting.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.