Indigenous elder’s death from COVID-19 in care home was overshadowed by racism, family and friends say

Loved ones of Indigenous elder Carole Dawson, who died of COVID-19 at Vancouver’s Holy Family Hospital, say she faced discrimination in life and in death while at the facility.

Dawson, who was known as a longtime champion of Indigenous health and rights in B.C., contracted COVID-19 while living in the rehabilitation unit of the long-term care facility, which has been dealing with a growing number of cases since an outbreak was declared on June 9.

Dawson died on June 21, aged 72.