There have been at least 22 cases of forced sterilization of First Nations and Inuit women in Quebec since 1980, a university study released Thursday concluded.
The study, out of Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, says it’s the first of its kind to document the forced sterilization of First Nations and Inuit women in the province, adding that the results show there is an Èobvious presence” of systemic racism in Quebec.
“I know my sister went through it,” said one participant quoted in the study. “She died of uterine cancer in 2014. We were told she was going down for a tonsillectomy, and when she came back, we found out she had a tubal ligation.
“She never spoke about it. We did talk right after she came back, and I was trying to cheer her up or make her laugh. I said, `Well, you must have had a lousy doctor. Your tonsils are in here, and your fallopian tubes are down there.”’