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[Correspondence] Canada’s global leadership and Indigenous people

The systemic roots of health inequities for Indigenous people in Canada are land theft and broken agreements. Colonialism and racism are the fertilisers which feed and perpetuate these inequities, supported by the country, a settler state. The authors of the Lancet Series about Canada’s global leadership on health (April 28, p 1718)1,2 hardly mentioned the return of land as being foundational for the health of Indigenous people, and instead championed Canada’s fair approach to the social determinants of health, continuing the rhetoric of settlers’ paternalistic benevolence.

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