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MONTREAL — A coroner's inquest is set to begin today in the death of an Indigenous woman who was subjected to insults by staff while she lay dying in a Quebec hospital.
Joyce Echaquan, 37, an Atikamekw mother of seven, filmed herself at the Joliette, Que., hospital last September as female staff were caught on the Facebook Live video insulting and mocking her.
The video circulated widely on social media and prompted widespread indignation across the country.
Echaquan, from the community of Manawan, north of Montreal, died on Sept. 28 after being admitted with stomach pain.
Coroner Géhane Kamel's investigation will be held over 13 days between May 13 and June 2 at the provincial courthouse in Trois-Rivières, Que., about halfway between Montreal and Quebec City.
A coroner's inquest does not rule on liability but rather looks at the causes and circumstances of a death and comes up with recommendations to avoid similar occurrences.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2021.
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Quebec nurse tells Echaquan inquiry she's sorry for 'cruel' comments caught on film .
MONTREAL — A Quebec nurse who was fired for insulting Joyce Echaquan as she lay dying in hospital last September apologized Thursday for the comments she admitted were cruel. The fired nurse was the latest witness at the Quebec coroner's inquiry examining the circumstances of Echaquan's death on Sept. 28, 2020, at the hospital in Joliette, Que., northeast of Montreal. The 37-year-old Atikamekw mother of seven filmed herself at the hospital as a nurse and an orderly were heard insulting and mocking her not long before she died.