A postcolonial queer analysis of aboriginal queer clients' experiences of health care services in St. John's, Newfoundland

Grills, Sylvia (2015) A postcolonial queer analysis of aboriginal queer clients' experiences of health care services in St. John's, Newfoundland. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This thesis examines the gaps between health care services aimed at Aboriginal queer individuals living in St. John’s, Newfoundland and their health care needs. I used a multi-methods research design that includes interviews and demographic surveys, unobtrusive observation and qualitative content analysis. I conducted semi-structured interviews with institutional representatives from selected health related organizations – Eastern Health, Planned Parenthood Newfoundland and Labrador, the AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador, and St. John’s Native Friendship Center; as well as a transgender activist and three people who identify as Aboriginal and queer. I conducted observational research at two public seminars on Aboriginal people and health. Finally, I carried out qualitative content analysis of organizational reports and webpages of the selected community organizations. Using a postcolonial queer framework that analyzes how Newfoundland and Labrador’s colonial history is reflected in current health care realities I argue that the lack of appropriate services and culturally insensitive delivery of services reproduce the historical marginalization of an already vulnerable group.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/11668
Item ID: 11668
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 178-190).
Keywords: Aboriginal, queer, health, postcolonial, Eastern Health, Planned Parenthood Newfoundland and Labrador, AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s Native Friendship Center
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Sociology
Date: October 2015
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Newfoundland and Labrador--St. John's
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Indigenous peoples--Medical care--Newfoundland and Labrador--St. John's; Sexual minority community--Medical care--Newfoundland and Labrador--St. John's; Indigenous peoples--Health and hygiene--Newfoundland and Labrador--St. John's; Sexual minority community--Health and hygiene--Newfoundland and Labrador--St. John's

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