CFI Saskatoon: “Safeguarding the mental health of our people:” Canadian eugenics/neo-eugenics
Sunday, March 24, 2013 11:30 AM
906 Central Avenue, Saskatoon, SK (edit map)Head for the side banquet room
We will have a guest speaker to discuss the history of eugenics in Canada. Amy Samson is a PhD Candidate in the U of S Dept of History. Amy’s dissertation examines the relationship between eugenics and gendered organizations and occupations within the context of Alberta’s sexual sterilization legislation.
Here’s a brief bio:
Amy Samson is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests include medical history, the history of eugenics and sexual sterilization, moral regulation, and women’s paid labour in twentieth century Canada. Amy’s dissertation, which is generously funded by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, examines the relationship between eugenics and gendered organizations and occupations within the context of Alberta’s sexual sterilization legislation.
Amy is an interesting and enthusiastic speaker. In summary:
Throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries various North American and European jurisdictions introduced eugenic programs designed to improve the human race by controlling reproduction. These programs ranged from better baby contests, baby bonuses, and the distribution of child welfare literature to segregation, coercive sexual sterilization, and restrictive immigration legislation.
This talk will examine the origins and various applications of eugenic thought, focusing particularly on Alberta’s sexual sterilization legislation. In place from 1928 to 1972, Alberta’sSexual Sterilization Act resulted in the sterilization of more individuals considered “mentally defective” than any other jurisdiction in Canada.This talk will also consider the more recent emergence of “neo-eugenics” or “new eugenics.”