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Quebec nurse admits prejudice among staff about Indigenous patients at Echaquan inquiry

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A nurse who works on the Quebec hospital the place Joyce Echaquan died final September instructed a coroner’s inquest Tuesday there’s a notion amongst her colleagues that Indigenous individuals are alcoholics or drug addicts.

The inquest is investigating the dying of Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw mom of seven who filmed herself on the hospital northeast of Montreal as feminine workers have been heard insulting and mocking her not lengthy earlier than she died.

The nurse, whose establish is protected by a publication ban, was first on the stand Tuesday and instructed the inquiry she had by no means witnessed any damaging feedback by workers towards Indigenous sufferers.

READ MORE: Hospital staff testify at Quebec coroner’s inquiry into Joyce Echaquan’s death

However she modified her story after pointed questioning from coroner Géhane Kamel, and the nurse mentioned there have been points between the Atikamekw group and employees on the hospital in Joliette, Que.

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She mentioned there was a notion amongst her colleagues that Indigenous individuals have issues with alcohol and medicines. Kamel mentioned she welcomed the honesty, calling it a primary step to reconciliation.

4 nurses and an orderly are to testify Tuesday on the public hearings in Trois-Rivières, Que., situated between Montreal and Quebec Metropolis.

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Coroner’s inquest begins into Joyce Echaquan’s dying

Coroner’s inquest begins into Joyce Echaquan’s dying

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