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network 15/03/2017 - 04:00PM

Aaraón Diaz Mendiburo on Migrant Worker Healthcare Access in Canada

Aaraón Diaz Mendiburo's documentary short CHECKING THE PULSE (below) features agricultural migrant workers speaking about their difficulties accessing healthcare in Canada. The workers portrayed in this video courageously dismantle the comfortable truth* that Canada’s healthcare is equally accessible for all, while also revealing that immigrants do not necessarily receive better healthcare in so-called “developed” countries like Canada. As attention remains on Trump's efforts to abolish the Affordable Care Act in the US, otherwise known as Obamacare, Aaraón’s Nations & Migrations video short reminds us that Canada’s healthcare system is also not accessible to all. Check it out below and share!

Aaraón Diaz Mendiburo holds a PhD in Anthropology, Master Degree in Social Work and Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, all from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). As an independent filmmaker, he has directed: Migrants: those who come from within (2007) and Perspectives: “Temporary” Migration in Canada (2011). He is currently in a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the International Migration Research Centre at Balsille School of International Affairs.

* #ComfortableTruths are mainstream attitudes and ideas about nationhood, belonging and identity that, despite not being true (such as "immigrants have it easy in Canada"), have become so engrained in the Canadian imaginary and mainstream culture that they become orthodoxy. As part of Cinema Politica's Nations & Migrations project, we reached out to activists and artists across the country and asked them to share their thoughts and reactions to these so-called truths.


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