Inequitable health outcomes for Indigenous peoples is the measure of racism in the system
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond and Harmony Johnson recently led a team to review complaints of racism in health care in British Columbia, and the resulting report should be mandatory reading for all Canadians. But racism against Indigenous people happens across Canada, not just in B.C.
Joyce Echaquan, the 37-year-old Atikamekw woman who died on Sept. 28, 2020, while in the hospital in Joliette, Que., is now the subject of two investigations. Before she died, Echaquan recorded a Facebook Live video in which she was heard screaming in pain and health-care workers insulting her. Photograph courtesy of Facebook