The community hopes to find the answer from the death of the Atikamekw woman who filmed the Quebec nurse who mocked her
Quebec coroner will begin hearing testimony and explain why Joyce Echaquan died in hospital last September After being admitted to the hospital with stomachache, and why this Atikamekw woman had to endure racist remarks and insults at the last moments.
On Wednesday, in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, a three-week investigation was conducted to investigate the death of the 37-year-old. Carol Dubé, Echaquan’s husband and father of seven children, is expected to be the first to testify.
Shortly after the release, Echaquan passed away on September 28, 2020. Online video shows nurse insulting her with racism, She yelled in pain from a hospital bed in Joliette, Quebec, 75 kilometers north of Montreal.
Sabrina Paton, coordinator of Joliette’s Lanaudière Indigenous Friendship Center, said that for many people, bringing her story back to the forefront was “difficult.”
“It’s like tearing off a band-aid, the wound has not healed yet. Of course it hasn’t healed yet.”
Payton said, New Aboriginal-led health clinic The exhibition at the Friendship Center, which opened in October 2020, shows the importance of providing safe spaces for Atikamekw patients.
“Many people are still very afraid of seeking services [at the hospital]”, Parton said.
Province does not recognize systemic racism
Atikamekw Aboriginal War Chief Constant Awashish (Constant Awashish) said that there are many unresolved issues regarding Echaquan’s death, and he hopes that the Coroner’s Coroner Géhane Kamel can solve it.
Awashish said: “How exactly did things happen, what caused them, is doing things that shouldn’t be done-these are the questions we want to be answered,”
He also hopes that the coroner will acknowledge that there is a systemic racism problem in the health care system, and so far, Prime Minister François Legault has refused to do so.
The death of Echaquan ordered people across the province to ask the government to solve the problem. This has also stimulated a series of changes in Quebec’s public policy.
The then minister in charge of indigenous affairs, Sylvie d’Amours, was replaced a few weeks after Echaquan’s death.
Since then, her successor, Ian Lafrenière, has made some changes to public policy, including $15 million investment Announced improvements in November last year Cultural security awareness of public employees.
CISSS de Lanaudière, the regional health committee in charge of the Joliette Hospital, took over as its director in December 2020.
Daniel Castonguay publicly stated that he was unaware of any racist behavior among his employees. Despite the statements of several Atikamekw people Instead, during the Viens Commission, this was a provincial investigation into the discrimination faced by indigenous peoples.