Would Joyce Echaquan still be alive if she were white? Quebec coroner says ‘I think so’ – APTN News

Would Joyce Echaquan still be alive if she were white? Quebec coroner says ‘I think so’ – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on October 5, 202148 Views

Oct 05, 2021

The existence of systemic racism in the way Joyce Echaquan was treated in a Quebec hospital is undeniable, coroner Gehane Kamel said Tuesday, a few days after releasing her report on the Atikamekw mother’s controversial death.

Kamel oversaw the Echaquan inquiry which wrapped up Sept. 29 and found racism and prejudice from hospital staff contributed to the 37-year-old’s death.

Kamel recommended the government recognize the existence of systemic racism and make a commitment to root it out of institutions.

“We have witnessed an unacceptable death, and we must ensure that it is not in vain,” Kamel told reporters.

“It is unacceptable that large sections of our society deny such a well-documented reality.”

When asked if the mother of seven would still be alive if she were a white woman, Kamel replied: “I think so.”

Read More: https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/would-joyce-echaquan-still-be-alive-if-she-were-white-quebec-coroner-says-i-think-so/

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