Launch of Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City by Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Adele Perry (University of Manitoba Press). Featuring guests Roberta Stout, a research associate with the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, and Barry Lavallee, a faculty member of the First Nations Métis and Inuit Health Section, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba.
Structures of Indifference examines an Indigenous life and death in a Canadian city and what it reveals about the ongoing history of colonialism. In September 2008, Brian Sinclair, a middle-aged, non-Status Anishinaabeg resident of Winnipeg, arrived in the emergency room of a major downtown hospital. Over a thirty-four-hour period, he was left untreated and unattended to, and ultimately died from an easily treatable infection.
McCallum and Perry present the ways in which Sinclair, once erased and ignored, came to represent diffuse, yet singular and largely dehumanized ideas about Indigenous people, modernity, and decline in cities. This story tells us about ordinary indigeneity in the city of Winnipeg through Sinclair’s experience and restores the complex humanity denied him in his interactions with Canadian health and legal systems, both before and after his death.
Mary Jane Logan McCallum, of the Munsee Delaware Nation, is a professor in the Department of History, University of Winnipeg and is the author of Indigenous Women, Work, and History, 1940–1980.
Adele Perry is a Professor of History at the University of Manitoba. She is the author of Aqueduct: Colonialism, Resources, and the Histories We Remember.