July 12, 2022

Joint statement with FNHA on forced and coerced sterilization

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) stand united against forced and coerced sterilization. 

A recent Canadian Senate report, Forced and Coerced Sterilization of Persons in Canada (2021) recognizes that the practice largely impacts marginalized groups and people in situations of vulnerability, including Indigenous, Black, and other people of colour, leading to loss of connections and identity, and women being deprived of their human right to bear children. The practice further impacts intergenerational passing of culture, language and caretaking. The report states that the practice of forced and coerced sterilization continues to occur despite widespread awareness, and that it is both underreported and underestimated. 

Read the full statement.