Brian Sinclair’s death was a manifestation of the systematic failure of the governments of Canada and Manitoba to abide by Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the International Covenant on Social and Economic Rights; and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
“This particularly egregious instance of loss of life — an Indigenous man simply being ignored to death in a hospital waiting room in a large city in a wealthy G8 state — is the “tip of the iceberg” consisting of deaths by suicide, illness, violence, homelessness and other problems that take the lives Indigenous people in Canada disproportionately.
Regarding of the slow, painful death of Brian Sinclair in September 2008, it is apparent that governments of Canada and Manitoba are, inter alia, in violation of:
- The right to life.
- The inherent dignity of the human person.
- The right to health and the timely provision of emergency health care.
- The right to freedom from racism and discriminatory treatment.“
First update to the Special Rapporteur (March 31, 2010)
Second update to the Special Rapporteur (Jan. 21, 2011)