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McMaster Children's Hospital regarding clarification by Justice Edward in Ontario Court of Justice April 24 2015
Regarding today’s statement by Justice Gethin Edward in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brantford:

McMaster Children’s Hospital supports Justice Edward’s clarification of his decision, which confirms that the best interests of the child remain paramount and that Haudenosaunee and non-Indigenous medicine systems can and may work together. We have always supported this family's decision to use traditional aboriginal healing practices in conjunction with conventional medical treatment.

In bringing this application last fall, McMaster Children’s Hospital, its leaders, physicians and staff, were at all times focused only on JJ’s best interests. Our motivation has always been and remains that this child receive life-saving chemotherapy in a timely manner.

Following Justice Edward’s decision in November, McMaster Children’s Hospital decided to not launch an appeal. It was never the hospital’s intention to involve itself in challenging the constitutional rights of aboriginal people. McMaster Children’s Hospital ensured that its lines of communication remained open with the Government of Ontario and fully supported and participated in keeping the conversation open, leading to this resolution.

McMaster Children’s Hospital also continued its efforts to reach out to and work collaboratively with the aboriginal community, including supporting integrative medical care for aboriginal patients and families.

We continue to wish JJ a full recovery and sincerely hope for the best for her and her family.

Peter Fitzgerald,
President,
McMaster Children’s Hospital

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