First Nations 'Guinea Pigs' Demand Apology

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Outrage follows revelations that Canadian government deprived aboriginal children of vitamins, food and health care.

First Nations leaders are demanding an apology following revelations that the Canadian government conducted widespread "nutrition experiments" on malnourished aboriginal populations in the years following World War Two.

The experiments were revealed by food and nutrition historian Ian Mosby, who—while researching—stumbled upon the suspicious documents chronicling a decade-long study conducted by the Canadian government on at least 1,300 aboriginals, most of them children already forced to live at the country's residential schools.

Mosby's findings, which were published in May under the title Administering Colonial Science: Nutrition Research and Human Biomedical Experimentation in Aboriginal Communities and Residential Schools, 1942-1952 (pdf) disclose details of how the government, with help from the Red Cross, deliberately deprived malnourished aboriginal populations of food, medical treatment and nutritional supplements.

“Hundreds were subjected to illegal, unauthorized experimentations,” said Tseshaht chief councilor Hugh Braker. “They were starved and deprived of health care on purpose.”

"Canada has been sitting on this and hiding this information from the aboriginal people now since it first happened in the '40s and '50s," added Braker. "There needs to be an apology done to the victims of the experimentation."