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Symposium Health Ethics: Changing the Spotlight


There is increasing discourse in North American bioethics that healthcare ethics has an overly Western biomedical ethics and principle-based lens. This Western-centric lens has led to exclusion of other essential perspectives, and contributed to a perpetuation of colonial structures of power and oppression within the healthcare system. By missing the mark on the specific issues that are relevant to the most oppressed and equity deserving groups, ethics –in the traditional western perspective- is ill equipped to address some of the most critical questions that arise in the health and healthcare context.
So, how do we move forward? Can we rebuild health and healthcare ethics by re-directing our focus to those perspectives that are mostly under-looked and create culturally safer, more equitable systems?
This symposium is a space for those perspectives that have been traditionally and currently marginalized and excluded from health ethics conversations, to address the visibility gap that exists within the field.
The goal is to open a conversation that can contrast and bring representation of diverse ways of thinking about life and what is important in order to start asking the right questions when faced with ethical issues, specifically in the context of health and healthcare.


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