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Indigenous Kids Needing Dental Work Were Turned Away

 By Moira Wyton  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A Vancouver single father says he and his three **>First Nations<** sons faced discrimination at a non-profit dental clinic serving Vancouver’s  Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. Despite all three boys  having years of medical history at Strathcona Community Dental on Keefer  Street, Ajantha (Sam) Dharmapala says the receptionist refused their First Nations status cards for coverage or to serve him unless he paid  in cash. The receptionist did not seek help from  another staff member and said Dharmapala would not be able make  appointments for the boys unless he agreed to pay for them in cash, he  recalls. “I tried to explain things to her very  kindly, but she very rudely told me not to come back to this place  without money,” said Dharmapala in

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