By Shari Narine Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A declaration has been signed on behalf of Indigenous peoples in northern Manitoba to “address the harms (of Indigenous-specific racism) by changing the systems, organizational structures, policies, practises and attitudes.” The Declaration to Eliminate All Forms of Indigenous-Specific Racism, which has been in the works for 16 months, was signed by Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin (KIM) and the Northern Regional Health Authority (NRHA), on Monday Sept. 26 in Thompson. Manitoba Health Minister Audrey Gordon was among those present to witness the signing. “We are intending to create a pathway to end anti-Indigenous racism in the healthcare system,” said MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee. Settee said that in his position he has heard too many stories of racism experienced by his members,
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