☡ GRAPHIC CONTENT ☡ "Florence Genaille was just a little girl in a Brandon, Man., sanatorium when she says doctors bound her to a gurney, pumped her body with electric currents and then took notes as her fingers curled, her arms shook and her neck strained backwards.
It was 1953. The Ojibway girl from Rolling River First Nation was at the sanatorium to be treated for tuberculosis.
Today, she believes it was no treatment. It was, she says, a medical experiment and she was their "guinea pig" — an assessment that Genaille shares with hundreds of survivors of the sanatoriums, which have been closed for decades. "I'm telling you, my fingers were beginning to twist sideways, it was so incredibly painful," said Genaille, now 72. "And now to come to the conclusion our people were experimented on — it's an awful thing to think about." Genaille still does not know why doctors performed the electroconvulsive therapy. At the time, she was attending residential school outside Brandon. She had bad leg pain with no known cause. Parents of young patients were often hundreds of kilometres away in remote reserves, unaware of the procedures and therefore unable to give consent.
Gerald McIvor agrees. Back in 1952, his brother Michael was just a child when he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and sent to the sanatorium in Ninette, Man.
Decades later, he bore the scars — disabling, disfiguring markers where doctors surgically removed a back rib and the lung behind it as a theoretical treatment for the tuberculosis..." #firstnations #humanrights #indigenous #decolonize #canada150 #residentialschool #experiment #manitoba #winnipeg #ontario #toronto #halifax #vancouver #edmonton #calgary #tuberculosis #genocide #awareness #medical #saskatoon #surgery #saskatchewan #alberta #unitednations #canada #canadian