Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thundny, July 5, 1973 Northern health Nurses' work on reserves 'dangerous' EDMONTON (CP) Com- pare an Indian reserve and a Metis colony, suggests Dr. C. L. Pearson, director of medi- cal services for Alberta. As an example, he pointed to a remote area of northern Alberta where an Indian re- serve and a Metis colony are situated close together. The Metis people at Con- klin, Alta., are easy to treat, he says, "and they're appre- ciative." But the Indians at the Bohn Lake reserve were different. "I've been driven off the re- serve when they found out I wasn't a federal doctor, that I was provincial. "They put bullets through the nurse's trailer. They've met her at the plane and told her not to get off." It's no wonder then, he says, that the government has trouble getting nurses to serve in the North. "I wouldn't want to stay on a reserve if I had any choice and I'm sure the nurses feel the same way. It's dan- gerous." Dr. Pearson, a former gen- eral practitioner who spends much of his time in the North. and confess a love for the bush country, says he holds strong views on why treaty Indians act differently from non-treaty Indians-flow usu- ally called Metis. The treaty Indians "have just been given too much by ttoe federal government." "The federal government spoils them." In addition, there were mili- tant groups among the In- dians, stirred up by "do-goo- ders" working among them. "Instead of helping, they have trained the Indians to demand things from the fed- eral government. The Indians have got the federal govern- ment scared." Eventually, the provincial governments will have to take over complete provision of health services for native people, he says. 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EACH 6.99 6.99 6.99 7.99 STORE HOURS: Open Dairy from a.m. to p.m. Thursday and fri day a.m. to 9 p.m. Centra Village Mail. Telephone 328-9231. covered under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Com- mission although their pre- miums are paid by the fed- eral government. Most of their services on the reserves provided by federal tors and nurses. "The sooner, the federal (beaWi) people get out of the province and we take over, the sooner we'll have an ac- ceptable service. "I see no reason why the Indians can't be accepted as residents of AUxyta, the same as everybody else. If we had equality among all people in this province, I think we would have a better service." officials, however, say they want to remain un- der federal care because they see what sort of treat- ment the Metis are getting. Dr. Pearson says Indians are "driving a wedge" be- tween the federal and provin- oial governments. "It's even difficult for us to talk to the federal people. Formerly, the federal and provincial governments used to co-operate to a much greater degree. I would fly in specialists to various places. Now they go ahead and they have their own clinics." The doctor outlined how northern health services oper- ate. Eighteen "municipal nurses" are scattered about the northern 'section of the province which has a popu- lation of to The federal government has about the same number. FLY PATIENTS SOUTH There are several hospitals and the doctors visit the vari- ous communities and the re- serves at varying intervals. The northern hospitals, however, are not generally equipped for complicated op- erations or treatments. Patients who need special care are usually flown to Ed- monton by the provincial gov- ernment's air ambulance service or by planes char- tered by the federal govern- ment. Patients may arrive at Ed- monton hospitals only a few hours after being injured or stricken in the far north of Al- berta although it usually takes longer because of the weather, availability of planes xOBT ducrccDcy cboxtef or too distance from a location where a plane could land, Dr. Pearson said. He says the North is supplied with medical serv- ices. The per-capita concen- tration of nurses, doctors and hospital beds was higher Una the average for the rest of tta province. "The difficulty is that te Indians say the doctors dent stay long enough. "Two doctors coming into Wabasca isn't good enough. They want a doctor to stay there all the time." Living Concluded from Page 23 could not reach anyone. B was Easter Monday. A federal government spokesman said the Indian af- fairs department will pay fuO expenses for the undertaker's services, the coffin and the burial, if requested to do to by a treaty Indian. They re- ceived no such request in tut case. 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