Treatment: Indigenous Peoples and people of colour report being subjected to rude, disrespectful, harsh, or dismissive treatment by health care staff, due to racially discriminatory stereotypes. The Ontario Human Rights Commission found in 2017 that health workers often do not treat Indigenous Peoples’ symptoms seriously because of assumptions that they are drunk or high. Similarly, Black patients’ symptoms of sickle cell anemia are frequently dismissed as pain related to drug habits.
Cultural Access: The psychiatric system is still Eurocentric in values, worldview and practice, thus presenting systemic challenges at every stage of the system’s interaction with people from racialized groups. OHIP: New immigrants must wait 3 months for OHIP – leading to unaffordable costs or unaddressed health needs.
Suicide rates among First Nations youth are up to seven times higher than among non-Indigenous youth.