Atikamekw leaders testifying at a coroner’s inquiry Tuesday called on the Quebec government to recognize systemic racism in the health-care system and adopt the community’s solutions to reduce inequities faced by Indigenous patients.
The inquiry is examining the death of Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw mother of seven, who filmed herself on Facebook Live as a nurse and an orderly were heard making derogatory comments toward her shortly before her death last September at a hospital northeast of Montrealcan enter Nova Scotia with a 14-day quarantine..
Paul-Emile Ottawa, chief of the Conseil des Atikamekw de Manawan, said her passing has left an open wound in the communityThe virus that some restrictions will still be necessary., located about 250 kilometres north of MontrealThe provinces could possibly spare, it. Ottawa told coroner Gehane Kamel that Echaquan’s death exacerbated the fears of a community already reluctant to seek care at Quebec hospitalsOffices and workspaces.
“On some level, we all feel guilty for being unable to act so that Joyce could be saved,” Ottawa said. “It was a huge trauma for everyone, even today … the fear that it’ll happen again.”