A video of one dying indigenous woman who is dying in a hospital bed while being insulted by the staff of a medical center shows the “worst form of racism”, has condemned Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The events took place last Saturday in the city of Joliette, Quebec. Joyce Echaquan, 37 years old and A mother of 7 children, she was admitted to a hospital after suffering severe stomach pains.
However, far from being addressed, what happened next has outraged the entire Canadian society. And it is that, very shortly after being transferred to one of the rooms of the building, the woman posted a live video on Facebook in which he appeared screaming and asking for help from the hospital bed.
In the recording, as Echaquan is dying, a member of staff can be heard insulting her in French. He is not the only one who attacks her and, as the images show, another nurse accuses the woman of making bad decisions in life and asks her what her children would think of her behavior.
Echaquan died a few minutes later. His relatives told Radio-Canada that he had a history of heart problems and that he was concerned that he was being given too much morphine.
After the event, three investigations have been launched and one of those involved has been fired.
The Canadian political class condemns what happened
«What the nurse said is totally unacceptable and, therefore, already has been fired», The Prime Minister of Quebec, François Legault, told the press. “We must fight racism.”
Legault was not the only one to show his rejection of what happened. The political class of Quebec unanimously condemned the crude statements heard in the video
«The words of the nurse show the racism that exists against First Nations Amerindian»Denounced the Atikamekw council of Manawan.
“I know very well that most of the time the racism we experience is unintentional and often the result of unconscious biases,” said Ghislain Picard, Grand Chief of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador. “But it is also the result of government policies that lead to systemic discrimination.”
Declaration of the #AFNQL Council of Elected #Women on the tragic death of Ms. #JoyceEchaquan: https://t.co/3jEnkg1oei#Racism#Discrimination#SystemicRacism#Polqc@ adoudou68@vernapyoung#FirstNations#Indigenous#justiceforjoyce
– APNQL_AFNQL (@apnql) October 1, 2020
The Prime Minister, for his part, announced the opening of a couple of research: one from the regional health authorities and the other from the forensic pathologist in charge of collecting information about deaths in suspicious circumstances or due to negligence.
On Twitter, reactions and protests multiplied in the hashtag #JusticePourJoyce while a tribute was held this Tuesday night in front of the Joliette hospital.
Joyce Echaquan’s death comes a year after the publication of a report from a public inquiry, which concluded that “First Nations and Inuit members of Quebec are victims of systemic discrimination in their dealings with public services.”
Although it is not the first writing that deals with this problem. In 2015, a report found evidence to announce that racism faced by these sectors of the population in the healthcare system contributed to the worst outcomes when compared to non-Indigenous Canadians.