W hen Joyce Echaquan, a year-old Indigenous Canadian woman, began experiencing stomach pains, she checked herself into a hospital in Joliette, Quebec. But she did not get the help she needed. Instead, hospital staff told Echaquan she was stupid, only good for sex, and that she would be better off dead.
Screaming and crying out in pain, Echaquan began live-streaming on Facebook. In the video, which has since gone viral, Echaquan says in her native language that she is worried doctors had given her too much morphine, which her family says she was allergic to. Echaquan died shortly after posting the video online on Sept.
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The hospital has begun an internal review into what happened. In June, a dash cam video emerged showing police officers beating Allan Adamchief of the Athabasca Chipewyan Nation, after stopping his vehicle for expired plates. The incident sparked nationwide protests calling for reforms to policing, just as the death of George Floyd did in the U.
Both the nurse and the orderly depicted in the video have since been fired. Ina report revealed that racism contributes to poorer health outcomes for Indigenous Canadians.
She was racially abused by hospital staff as she lay dying. now a canadian indigenous woman's death is forcing a reckoning on racism
As recently asIndigenous women across the country have come forward with stories of forced sterilization. But many Indigenous people say that despite these reports, too little has been done to address racism in medical services. Indigenous Canadians still have a lower life expectancy and higher rates of chronic diseases than the national average.
While the federal government has encouraged Canadians to socially distance, wash their hands and get tested if they have symptoms, many Indigenous people have asked how they are supposed to implement these measures when nearly a quarter of Indigenous Canadians live in overcrowded homes and 61 Indigenous Nations have not had access to clean water in at least a year.
Federal and provincial governments claim they are taking action to address systemic racism against Indigenous people. On Sept.
At the House of Commons, politicians commemorated the survivors of residential schools and also discussed Echaquan. at letters time. Protesters gather during a demonstration in central Montreal on October 3,to demand action for the death of Joyce Echaquan, a Canadian indigenous woman subjected to live-streamed racist slurs by hospital staff before her death.
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