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The death of 37-year-old Joyce Echaquan, a native Canadian woman descended from the country’s original inhabitants, the so-called First Nations, hits Canada like a bomb and is condemned at the highest political levels. Although two independent inquiries into the circumstances are still ongoing, several officials are convinced that this was systematic discrimination and gross negligence.
“You really are that stupid”
With severe stomach pains, Echaquan was taken to Joliette hospital last weekend, about 70 kilometers north of Montreal, the largest city in the province of Quebec. The mother of seven children is dissatisfied with the care she is receiving and films herself screaming from her hospital bed. She looks confused and groans with pain. According to the woman, the nurses give her too much medication to which she is also allergic.
Near the end of the video, which lasts about seven minutes, the hospital staff walk into the room. The nurses soon hurled various crude and derogatory remarks at her head. “Are you done messing around now? You really are that stupid. You have clearly made bad choices in your life. What would your kids think if they saw you like this? Think about them. ” Another nurse adds, “She’s only good for sex. And who should pay for this? ”
Of course she recorded it. Natives have known that hospitals aren’t safe places for us. We know, we have known. We deserve better health care than this. We deserve life.#JoyceEchaquan
It is not yet clear what will happen after the video. Monday it became known that the 37-year-old patient has died. In a statement to Canadian media CISSS of Lanaudière, the regional health authority that oversees the hospital, her condolences to relatives. “We were made aware of the situation at the end of the day and if what we were told is true, it is unacceptable,” said a spokesperson.
Due to the seriousness of the facts, the Prime Minister of Quebec announced a press conference. “There is racism in Quebec, we have to fight this racism. What the nurse said is completely unacceptable. ” According to him, there is no question of systematic racism in healthcare. “I really don’t think we deal with this way First Nationspeople in our hospitals in Quebec, ”he said.
Prime Minister Legault has already announced two independent investigations. Regional health authorities are investigating the caregivers’ actions, and a forensic pathologist tries to find out under what circumstances the woman died.
Some days I’m just clobbered by the truth that Canada and it’s institutions want Indigenous people gone. And that being a citizen, the efforts towards this goal are on my behalf.
RIP Joyce Echaquan, as well as a young man who needed his family. pic.twitter.com/pL7bU4k5JN
The video posted on Facebook leads to numerous furious reactions in Canada. According to Perry Bellegarde, Canadian First Nations advocate and politician, the incident is evidence that indigenous women are being systematically discriminated against in health care. Mary Hannaburg, vice president of Quebec Native Women women’s rights organization, agrees completely. “I can hardly listen to these statements. They are racist in nature and absolutely intolerable, ”she told broadcaster CBC.
Critics say Canadian authorities have been turning a blind eye to violence and racism against indigenous women for years. Since the early 1970s, thousands of indigenous women and girls have been murdered or missing. They are therefore twelve times more likely to be killed than other Canadians. An investigation released last year found the government to be complicit in ‘race-based genocide’ against indigenous women. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledges that Canada has a problem with systematic racism “in all our institutions, in all our police forces”.
Meanwhile, tempers are running high. Family members and friends held an evening vigil in memory of the deceased woman outside Joliette hospital last night. A fundraising campaign for her children has already raised more than $ 60,000.
According to a cousin of Echaquan, the woman was hospitalized more often because of her heart condition and had faced similar discrimination just like last month. Echaquan, she said, had become so wary of hospital staff that she more often recorded live videos on Facebook from her bed. “I think it was a kind of protection for her,” the cousin tells local media. “She was always suspicious of health care.”
Next Saturday, a demonstration will take place in Montreal to protest racism in healthcare. “Joyce Echaquan should be remembered as someone who was strong, in contrast to the misery we saw on that video,” he said.
The hashtag #JusticePourJoyce has been trending on social media for days. Users show their compassion to the family with the hashtag and also want to express their anger at the events.
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