Families and former patients seek access to federal ‘Indian hospital’ records 
Families and former patients seek access to federal ‘Indian hospital’ records 

By Marie Woolf THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA-Georgina Martin says she is still searching for answers about the treatment of her mother. Martin was born at the Coqualeetza Indian Hospital in British Columbia after her mother was confined there with tuberculosis. Martin grew up with her grandparents in Williams Lake First Nation, or T’Exelc, in that province, while her mother remained hospitalized. The professor and chair of Indigenous/Xwulmuxw studies at Vancouver Island University says she does not have a complete picture of her past, despite asking repeatedly for records. “My birth in an Indian hospital was my first experience of trauma, which was then compounded by being reared without the closeness of a mother,” Martin wrote in a coming memoir. “There is no information in the limited literature available about the

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