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Entertainment Indigenous leaders, Echaquan family call on Quebec to recognize systemic racism

12:01  02 june  2021
12:01  02 june  2021 Source:   msn.com

'It's inhuman': Quebec coroner hears from Joyce Echaquan's family on Day 2 of inquest

  'It's inhuman': Quebec coroner hears from Joyce Echaquan's family on Day 2 of inquest MONTREAL — The brother of an Indigenous woman subjected to insults as she lay dying in a Quebec hospital testified Friday he was shocked at her condition when he visited the medical facility last September. Stéphane Echaquan told the coroner's inquest examining the circumstances of the death of his sister, Joyce Echaquan, that she was bruised and shackled to a bed at the hospital in Joliette, Que., northeast of Montreal. "It's inhuman, I neverStéphane Echaquan told the coroner's inquest examining the circumstances of the death of his sister, Joyce Echaquan, that she was bruised and shackled to a bed at the hospital in Joliette, Que., northeast of Montreal.

MONTREAL — Atikamekw leaders and Joyce Echaquan 's family called on the Quebec government Tuesday to recognize systemic racism in the health-care system and adopt the Atikamekw community's solutions to reducing inequities faced by Indigenous patients. Ottawa told coroner Géhane Kamel that Echaquan 's death exacerbated the fears of a people already reluctant to seek care at Quebec hospitals. "On some level, we all feel guilty for being unable to act so that Joyce could be saved," Ottawa said.

MONTREAL — Atikamekw leaders and Joyce Echaquan 's family called on the Quebec government Tuesday to recognize systemic racism in the health-care system and adopt the Atikamekw community's solutions to reducing inequities faced by Indigenous patients. Ottawa told coroner Géhane Kamel that Echaquan 's death exacerbated the fears of a people already reluctant to seek care at Quebec hospitals. "On some level, we all feel guilty for being unable to act so that Joyce could be saved," Ottawa said.


Video: Coroner’s inquiry hears from staff at hospital where Joyce Echaquan died (cbc.ca)

MONTREAL — Atikamekw leaders and Joyce Echaquan's family called on the Quebec government Tuesday to recognize systemic racism in the health-care system and adopt the Atikamekw community's solutions to reducing inequities faced by Indigenous patients.

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They testified during the last week of the coroner's inquest investigating the death of 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 Montreal.

Quebec orderly says colleague confessed to deleting video on Joyce Echaquan's phone

  Quebec orderly says colleague confessed to deleting video on Joyce Echaquan's phone MONTREAL — A hospital orderly told a coroner's inquest Wednesday that one of her colleagues deleted a video taken by Joyce Echaquan, an Indigenous patient who died at the facility last September. The orderly, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, said her colleague confessed to deleting the Facebook video on Echaquan's phone in the hours before her death on Sept. 28, 2020. The inquest is investigating the death of Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw mother of seven who broadcast herself on Facebook Live at the hospital northeast of Montreal as female staff were heard insulting and mocking her not long before she died.

MONTREAL — Atikamekw leaders and Joyce Echaquan 's family called on the Quebec government Tuesday to recognize systemic racism in the health-care system and adopt the Atikamekw community's solutions to reducing inequities faced by Indigenous patients. Ottawa told coroner Géhane Kamel that Echaquan 's death exacerbated the fears of a people already reluctant to seek care at Quebec hospitals. "On some level, we all feel guilty for being unable to act so that Joyce could be saved," Ottawa said.

MONTREAL — Atikamekw leaders and Joyce Echaquan 's family called on the Quebec government Tuesday to recognize systemic racism in the health-care system and adopt the Atikamekw community's solutions to reducing inequities faced by Indigenous patients. They testified during the last week of the coroner's inquest investigating the death of 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 Montreal.

Paul-Émile Ottawa, chief of the Conseil des Atikamekw de Manawan, said her passing has left an open wound in the community, located about 250 kilometres north of Montreal. Ottawa told coroner Géhane Kamel that Echaquan's death exacerbated the fears of a people already reluctant to seek care at Quebec hospitals.

"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."

He said people in the community of 3,000 were panicked and stunned by the video, which depicted a dying woman being mistreated by health-care workers at the hospital in Joliette, Que., located about 75 kilometres northeast of Montreal. Echaquan's daughter had also filmed her mother at the hospital shortly before she died.

Quebec nurse tells Echaquan inquiry she's sorry for 'cruel' comments caught on film

  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 to the patient's family Thursday during a coroner's inquest, admitting her derogatory comments were cruel. The Quebec coroner's inquiry is examining the circumstances of Echaquan's death on Sept. 28, 2020, at the hospital in Joliette, Que., northeast of Montreal. Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw mother of seven, used her phone to film herself at the hospital as a nurse and an orderly were heard insulting and mocking her not long before she died.

Montreal, Canada – The family of an Indigenous woman in Canada who died in hospital this week after staff made racist comments against her is suing the hospital, saying Joyce Echaquan ’s death is the result of systemic racism . At a news conference on Friday afternoon, Echaquan ’s partner Carol Dube said the 37-year-old died because Indigenous people are discriminated against in the Canadian province of Quebec where she lived, including in the healthcare sector. Echaquan , a mother of seven from Atikamekw of Manawan, a First Nation community in Quebec , died on Monday after seeking

The bereaved widower of Joyce Echaquan , the Indigenous woman verbally abused by Quebec hospital staff as she lay dying, made a distress call for justice on Friday, asking his country’s leaders to recognize systemic racism and do something about it. Carol Dubé, Ms. Echaquan ’s husband Mr. Bertrand said he is preparing a civil suit, a complaint to Quebec human rights tribunal, a police complaint, and a request for intervenor status if a coroner’s inquiry is held, all aimed at shedding light on what happened and provoking change. He also called on the government to order a public inquiry

"Never again do I want to see images like those that still haunt me today — no more videos like Joyce broadcast in a bid to save herself, no more videos of a daughter filming her mother dead and powerless," Ottawa said.

His recommendations include having doctors and other health-care staff trained in school on the realities of the country's Indigenous Peoples, simplifying the hospital complaints process, recognizing systemic racism and adopting Joyce's Principle.

Joyce's Principle is a series of measures drafted by the Atikamekw community to ensure equitable access to health care for Indigenous patients. The document describes Quebec's health system as being imbued with systemic racism.

Among the numerous recommendations in Joyce’s Principle are that the federal government revise its financing model for health and social services regarding Indigenous groups and that Quebec hire an ombudsperson for Indigenous health.

Echaquan inquiry: Nurse testifies her condition warranted closer scrutiny

  Echaquan inquiry: Nurse testifies her condition warranted closer scrutiny MONTREAL — A nurse who saw a restrained and drugged Joyce Echaquan an hour before she was rushed to a resuscitation room says he was concerned she wasn't being more closely supervised. © Provided by The Canadian Press The final front-line nursing staff are taking the stand at a coroner's inquiry today, the eighth day of testimony being heard in Trois-Rivières, Que. Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw mother of seven, filmed herself on Facebook Live as a nurse and an orderly were heard insulting and mocking her, shortly before she died last Sept. 28.

The family of Joyce Echaquan , an Atikamekw mother of seven who died in a Joliette, Que., hospital Monday, is planning to take their fight for justice to the courts. Carol Dubé says his wife died without dignity or her family by her side at the hands of people who were supposed to protect her — hospital staff who insulted and humiliated her as she lay screaming for help. "She heard the most degrading comments, and this shows just once again just how differently we are treated as Indigenous people," he said, sobbing as he spoke to reporters on Friday.

Indigenous leaders are applying growing pressure on Quebec to address the racism evidenced in a disturbing video Joyce Echaquan recorded just before dying in a Joliette hospital. An orderly who was attending to her has been fired, along with a nurse. Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade has called on D'Amours to resign, while Québec Solidaire tabled a motion calling on the province to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, one of the key recommendations in the Viens report. Veronique Hivon, a Parti Quebecois MNA representing Joliette, said she is hopeful

Premier François Legault and his government have refused to accept the full document because of its mention of systemic racism, which they deny exists in Quebec.

Constant Awashish, grand chief of the Conseil de la Nation Atikamekw, told the inquiry Tuesday that the government's refusal to adopt Joyce's Principle is a "perfect example of systemic racism." Awashish invited Legault to reflect carefully on the issue.

"Joyce's Principle are solutions that we brought, we are the ones who live with discrimination, with systemic racism, we are the ones bringing simple solutions, we want it to be done by us, not by others for us," Awashish testified. "If we're able to apply it, things will get better, for us and for society … because everyone will feel safer."

Earlier on Tuesday, Maryse Poupart, the new head of the regional health authority that governs the Joliette hospital, told the inquiry that certain policies have been implemented to make Indigenous patients more comfortable. Poupart, who has only been on the job for two months, said the hospital has set in motion cultural sensitivity training for workers and hired more Indigenous staff.

Echaquan's care at Quebec hospital should have been taken more seriously: head nurse

  Echaquan's care at Quebec hospital should have been taken more seriously: head nurse MONTREAL — The head nurse at a Quebec hospital where Joyce Echaquan died last September told a coroner's inquest today the Indigenous patient's care should have been taken more seriously. Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw mother of seven, filmed herself on Facebook Live as a nurse and an orderly were heard insulting and mocking her at the hospital in Joliette, Que., shortly before she died last Sept. 28. She had arrived at the hospital two days earlier with severe stomach pains, but staff had listed her as going through withdrawal, which influenced her treatment plan.

She said she has also met several times with Chief Ottawa, something her predecessor said he hadn't done. Poupart addressed Echaquan's family, apologizing and assuring them she was ready to change the culture at the hospital.

The last person to make recommendations to the coroner was Echaquan's husband, Carol Dubé, who read statements on behalf of his eldest daughter, Marie-Wasianna Echaquan Dubé, and Echaquan's mother, Diane Dubé, before addressing the inquiry himself.

He said he'll never forget Echaquan's cries on the video, adding that it was difficult at times to remain calm while listening to testimony during the inquiry, knowing how his wife was treated. Dubé said she paid the ultimate price for systemic racism.

He offered several recommendations, which echoed those of the experts: governments should adopt Joyce's Principle, recognize systemic racism and do more to mend bridges with the community.

"We want to do everything our power so that no other family goes through what we went through," Dubé said.

Dubé listed off his children by name and said his wife's story is one of nightmares and lies. "How do I explain to my children the way Mom left us?" Dubé asked. "And you who are listening to me, would you agree to tell this story to your child?"

Lawyers for the various parties are to deliver their final representations Wednesday. A march dubbed "Justice for Joyce" is planned for Wednesday afternoon in Trois-Rivières, Que., where the hearings have been held.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 1, 2021.

Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press

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