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Does their health care work better than the alternative? If yes, then I support using it for This kind of assimilationist thinking is kinda messed up. Cultural-dependent healthcare is culturally-dependent for a reason. The lessons, stories and narratives that go into healing impact the person nearly as much as […]


Does their health care work better than the alternative? If yes, then I support using it for

This kind of assimilationist thinking is kinda messed up. Cultural-dependent healthcare is culturally-dependent for a reason. The lessons, stories and narratives that go into healing impact the person nearly as much as the medicines themselves.

Same goes for education. Same goes for nutrition.

A major fallacy in science today is trying to figure out a one-size-fits-all nutrition guide. Well, look at Inuit versus Musqueam versus French. Inuit relied and rely on meat-intensive diets that their bodies have grown dependent on, and switching to vegetable or vegetarian diets is causing massive health issues in /r/Nunangat. Musqueam fish and local veg/root/meat diet being replaced by European vegetable and animal diets caused havoc. Try to put a French or Scot on an Inuit meat-only diet would cause equally massive issues. Cultures and heritage play a massive role in health and nutrition

For education, you cannot expect an ASL classroom to look anything like a Nakoda classroom. A French classroom will structure and form itself sooo differently compared to a Gaelic or Mi'kmaq one, just by nature of the language being spoken, and that is not even including the cultural narratives surrounding learning. How people sit in relation to one another, what interactions are done in-classroom, etc. are all dependent on how that language's grammar works and the cultural heritage associated with it

This one-size-fits-all is some American melting pot bullshit, where cultures are melted and melded together to form one nation. We know that cannot work in Canada, which is why we have a mosaic model whereby people retain their cultures but integrate–not assimilate–into the Canadian whole. Why not support that multicultural model, like the 1985 Multiculturalism Act dictates?

So, no, what works for one population should not automatically be applied to the whole.

MARTIN: Can you give us a clearer picture of this demographic group? I mean, how well are they assimilated into the mainstream culture?

BENNETT: We have three distinct populations in Canada - First Nations, Inuit and Metis. They are increasingly moving to cities. But it is a huge problem in that we've also got more indigenous children in foster care than at the height of our tragedy of residential schools, when they were ripped from their families and put into boarding schools. So we know that assimilation is a bad idea. We know that children do well when there is a secure personal cultural identity - when they can be a proud Inuit young girl.

Oh please. FN are human beings and medicine applies to them the same as everyone else.

It's true that certain populations have different health needs and concerns than others (black people having a greater risk of sickle-cell anemia, to give a well-known example), but those kinds of considerations are already a part of modern medicine.

Bullshit! You don't cure cancer with "narratives". You don't vaccinate against measles with "culture". The most that any of those things provide is the placebo effect.

Having said that, things like cultural awareness and how to deal with the concerns of various cultures while administering health care is already something that is taught as part of medicine.

Multiculturalism has nothing to do with which medicines provide the best outcomes.

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