Children used as guinea pigs
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APRIL 26, 2000

Aboriginal children were used in nutrition experiments by the Canadian government in the 1940s and 1950s. Eight residential schools for native children were the target of modified diet program, which halted dental care for some and witheld food to others. The experiments were conducted without parental consent.

The 90-year old doctor who headed the study defended its techiques, claiming it was not feasible for parents who were out in the "bush" to be contacted for approval.

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Aboriginal pupils used in medical experiments (The Ottawa Citizen 4/26)

Relevant Links:
The Anglican Journal - Contains a special report about the experiments and the church's involvement.