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Alberta Sterilization
Produced by: Lynda Shorten
In 1923, the newly created Eugenics Board met in an innocuous classroom in Alberta, Canada. For the next fifty years, nearly all of the young men and women who appeared before the Board was declared mentally incompetent, and then sterilized. By 1973, when a new government finally shut the Board down, about 5,000 people had been sterilized. In 1998, many of them filed lawsuits against the Alberta government. On Soundprint, four victims tell their story after years of silence. This program was produced by Lynda Shorten of the CBC.

Program Credits

Alberta Sterilization was produced by Lynda Shorten for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Special thanks to Allen Stein. This program airs as part of the international documentary exchange series Crossing Boundaries.


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