The all-too common story of first nation people in hospital care

Aug 17, 2016, 12:17 AM

A First Nations man from the Northwest Territories left untreated during a stroke has died according to his neice.

Maggie Papik says nurses left her uncle alone and refused to treat him because they believed he was drunk.

But he wasn't drunk - he was having a stroke.

After finally beeing air lifted to a hospital 120 kilometres away in Nunavut, he was found to be brain dead.

Experiences like the Papiks are all too common in Canada according to Dr. Nadine Caron.

She is a surgeon in Prince George and Canada's first Indigenous general surgeon.

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