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Names for class action against feds for poor dental care being gathered – Windspeaker

January 9th, 2023

“If it appears that the scope of the class action needs to be expanded, it will be expanded.” — Rob Louie, president, Band Members Advocacy Alliance Association of Canada

Almost 50 years after her first experience with a dentist, Lisa Crooked Neck remains traumatized.

“I must have been six or seven,” she recalled of her first encounter with a “very mean and very rude” wife and husband dentist team at her school on Ministikwan Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan.

“One by one they’d come and get us, and that lady, the wife, would hold our hand, not knowing where we’re going, take us to the library, say, ‘Sit down.’ So we sat down. Not knowing our teeth were going to be looked at. Right then and there, they’re looking at our teeth. And all I see are big needles and then a lot of cleaning and then, all of a sudden, I feel needles in my mouth. ‘You feel this?’ (the dentist asked). Of course, I felt it and they still drilled without waiting.”

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