Oct 23 2012
STOP THE CUTS!
Healthcare for all
A panel discussion on the federal cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) for refugeesThursday, November 8th, at 6-8pm Otto Maass building room 10 at McGill University Métro McGill. For map: http://www.mcgill.ca/maps/maass-chemistry-building
The Interim Federal Health Program provides healthcare services for refugees. As of June 30th, 2012, Federal Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney announced significant cuts to the IFHP. These cuts deny all refugees and refugee claimants’ access to essential healthcare treatment. It will also deny regular healthcare services to refugee claimants deemed to come from so-called ‘safe countries’. Many health practitioners such as the Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian Association of Social Workers and The College of Physicians and Surgeons have already opposed these cuts. This panel brings together not only health care providers, but also community organizers active within and along side migrant communities. The panel aims to discuss how the cuts have started to change the way healthcare is provided to refugees in Canada from the ground up.
-Doctors of the World: Médecins du Monde Canada puts its efforts in downtown Montreal while being present in the adjacent neighborhoods that lack services. Since fall 2011, MdM has opened a general medical clinic supported by many volunteer doctors. These welcome, treat and refer as needed migrants without medical coverage. This local approach allows MdM to reach those people who do not have access to health care.
-Health Justice Collective came together in July 2012 in Montreal and is made up of activists who work in the healthcare field. We demand access to healthcare and justice for all. With our ‘’We refuse to cooperate’’ campaign, we are calling on health care providers to continue to organize and affirm their intention to not comply with the cuts to the IFHP.
-Solidarity Across Borders is a migrant justice network based in Montreal, active since 2003. We are comprised of migrants and allies, and we organize together to support individuals and families who are confronting an unjust immigration and refugee system.
English and French presentations. Whisper Translation available.
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The Quebec Public Interest Research Group (QPIRG) at McGill is a non-profit, student-run organization that conducts research, education, and action on environmental and social justice issues at McGill University and in the Montreal community. With such a broad mandate, QPIRG brings together a wide range of activists interested in many different issues.