Forced and Coerced Sterilization of Indigenous Peoples: Considerations for Health Care Providers

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      Forced and coerced sterilization refers to the provision of permanent contraception without true informed consent. In Canada, this topic is particularly relevant to Indigenous Peoples because of this country's history of racialized eugenics programs. In this commentary, we briefly review the history of forced and coerced sterilization in Canada, describe the clinical considerations for health care providers who work with Indigenous patients in this context, and outline calls to action for health care providers and organizations to support the provision of culturally appropriate reproductive health care to Indigenous people.


      La stérilisation forcée et sous contrainte réfère à la prestation d'une méthode de contraception permanente sans véritable consentement éclairé. Au Canada, ce sujet est particulièrement pertinent pour les Autochtones à cause de l'histoire des programmes eugéniques racisés de ce pays. Dans ce commentaire, nous examinons brièvement l'histoire de la stérilisation forcée et sous contrainte au Canada. Nous décrivons les considérations cliniques pour les fournisseurs de soins de santé qui travaillent avec les populations autochtones dans ce contexte et nous énonçons les actions que les fournisseurs de soins de santé et les organisations doivent prendre pour assurer la prestation de soins de santé reproductive adaptée à la culture des Autochtones.


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