Ontario helps fund program to fight racism in aboriginal health care

20141003-201613-gPremier Kathleen Wynne (R) with Health Minister and Deputy Premier Deb Matthews

LONDON, Ontario – The Ontario government has backed a regional aboriginal health centre to extend its training aimed at fighting systemic racism in health care, leaders announced Friday.

Deputy Premier Deb Matthews, a former health minister, said the province has committed $250,000 to the Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre to provide what the centre calls indigenous cultural competency training to as many as 25 new health professionals each week, with a target of training 2,000 in total.

While the centre’s four locations have provided training before with $80,000 in government funding, the new cash infusion makes it possible to do it online with a program that’s been used for eight years in British Columbia…