The Beat: Season 2, Episode 7

Indigenous experience, heart disease and stroke


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Lynne’s high blood pressure went largely untreated. Then she had a stroke. Too many Indigenous people, like Lynne, don’t get the care they need for cardiovascular health. We look at the roots of this health inequity — and where to find hope.


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Dr. Bernice Downey

Dr. Downey is a woman of Ojibwe-Saulteaux and Celtic heritage. She is a medical anthropologist and inaugural Associate Dean, Indigenous Health for the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University.

Lynne Marie Sherry and Shawnee Kish

Lynne Marie Sherry and Shawnee Kish

Lynne is a Mohawk woman of the Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario. Shawnee is her daughter and a Juno-nominated singer-songwriter.