Officials say creation of the space is a visible step toward reconciliation with indigenous communities HAMILTON — McMaster Children’s Hospital took a historic act of reconciliation with an indigenous family this week with the opening of an Indigenous families room in memory of Makayla Sault. Makayla was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2014. MakaylaREAD MORE
The following is a statment shared by the parents of Makayla Sault during a forum at McMaster University. It is published here in its entirety.READ MORE
A hall full of Oncologists and national press gathered to hear the parents of Makayla Sault and the mother of J.J. speak at McMaster University.
Both families were invited to read prepared statements as part of a community panel addressing the prejudice they recently faced in the healthcare system and media – and why indigenous people continue to have traumatic experiences in the healthcare system.
Sonya Sault said her daughter Makayla’s experience at McMaster Children’s Hospital was traumatizing. “Every time Makayla approached the hospital her body began shaking,” she said. “She never got over the fear she experienced when she heard her parents threatened with jail and she and her brothers threatened with apprehension.”READ MORE
McMaster University’s Indigenous Studies faculty, staff and students released a statement this week in honour of the life of Makayla Sault. The statement says: “We were in awe of a young girl who seemed so much more courageous, wiser, and stronger than all of us. We, like everyone else, were made optimistic of her continuedREAD MORE
NEW CREDIT FIRST NATION – The entire community of New Credit is in mourning today, following the news of the passing of 11 year old Makayla Sault.
The child suffered a stroke on Sunday morning and was unable to recover.READ MORE
SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND RIVER – The 11 year old Kanienkeha’ka girl from Six Nations who was under threat to be removed from her territory and forced back into chemo has undergone testing which reveals she has no visible signs of cancer. The child, who cannot be named due to a publication ban, wentREAD MORE