The federal government is responding to the passing of Hugh Papik.
The sixty eight year old elder from Aklavik passed away last August after suffering a stroke that was mistaken for drunkenness.
Maryse Durette is the Senior Media Relations Advisor for Health Canada.
“We were saddened to hear about the death of Mr. Papik. We send out our heartfelt condolences to his family and those in his community. The territorial governments are responsible for the management of health services in all communities north of the 60th parallel, including Indigenous communities. We are working closely with Indigenous leaders and provinces and territories to constantly improve access to health care.” – Maryse Durette, Senior Media Relations Advisor for Health Canada
Territorial Health Minister Glen Abernethy says a recent investigation into Papik’s death will help address systematic racism in the north.
Recommendations from the investigation include cultural training for non-indigenous staff and hiring indigenous health-care workers.
*An earlier version of this article stated that Maryse Durette, the Senior Media Relations Advisor for Health Canada, spoke on behalf of Health Minister Jane Philpott. Minister Philpott was unavailable for comment and Ms. Durette was kind enough to respond. We apologize for the confusion.