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In Quebec, a wilful blindness to racism against Indigenous people

By Andrew Caddell      

And Quebec is not alone in this, as events in Thunder Bay, Ont., Winnipeg, Saskatoon, rural Nova Scotia and elsewhere have shown. Racism against First Nations peoples spans the country.

The abuse of Joyce Echaquan, who died Sept. 28, should have come as no surprise to officials familiar with the Joliette hospital: it had a reputation for disgraceful behaviour that earned it a mention in the 488-page Viens Report, writes Andrew Caddell. YouTube screenshot courtesy of CBC News

KAMOURASKA, QUE.—The death of Joyce Echaquan on Sept. 28 in the Joliette, Que., hospital, northeast of Montreal, drew national headlines for the way she died: Facebook Live streaming nursing staff as they hurled racist insults at her in a hospital bed.

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