Committee finds Indigenous women likely not only ones coerced into sterilization

Indigenous women are probably not the only ones who have been coerced into being sterilized without wanting to be.

That was one finding presented to the House of Commons' health committee on Thursday by Abby Hoffman, an assistant deputy minister at Health Canada.

Taking a closer look at the magnitude of the problem has been a concern for advocacy organizations and MPs, including NDP health critic Don Davies.

Davies said he believes Canada is at the ``very cusp'' of uncovering serious human-rights abuses affecting vulnerable women.

The Saskatoon Health Authority publicly apologized in 2017 after Indigenous women came forward to say they were coerced into tubal ligations.

Health Canada sent a letter in December to the provinces, territories and members of the medical community proposing a working group.

A first meeting of the group is set for early March.