Family of Joyce Echaquan says they're planning legal action over her death in Quebec hospital
In a hospital of Monday in Joliette, Que., the family of Joyce Echaquan, an Atikamekw mother of seven, prepares to undertake their battle for justice before the trials.
At her final moment, a video on Facebook, in which health workers are heard howling towards her, was broadcast by Echaquan who was from Atikamakw village in Manawan, some 250 kilometers north of Montreal.
Since then, a nurse and an orderly have been shot and three inquiries began.
The death of Echaquan has contributed to public indignation and demands from the Quebec Government to counter the sort of care that the shocking video has revealed.
Her family will conduct a press conference on Friday at 3.00 pm, along with Manawan President Paul-Émile Ottawa and lawyer Jean-François Bertrand.
According to a press release, civil proceedings will prohibit anyone from prejudice against aboriginal peoples and abuse.
The declaration does not specify what formal steps it plans to take.
"In 2020 it is not enough to merely condemn institutional injustice," Bertrand said.
Quebec Prime Minister François Legault met with the president of the Quebec-Labrador First Nations Assembly Ghislain Picard this morning to address death of Echaquan and the issues of structural racism in the province.
Although the discussion was abbreviated by Picard.
According to a study released one year ago by the province of Viens, the indigenous people in Quebec "can not refuse" their connection to public facilities, and their health care included, are victims of institutional discrimination.
The chief commissioner of the Canadian Commission on Human Rights Marie-Claude Landry applied her presence Friday to the denouncers.
Joyce Ecaquan has been graphically illustrated that institutional injustice is possible and has devastating effects on aboriginal communities, "she said in an announcement.
Countryside elders also asked the Viens Committee, the Truth and Reconciliation Panel and the Nation's Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls to enforce their decision.
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Legault once again denounced institutional prejudice in Quebec earlier this week, but claimed the death of Echaquan was "not an embrace" and hoped more must be required to avoid discrimination against aboriginal people in terms of access to health care.
The death of Echaquan has been examined by a coroner and two local health authorities' inquiries.
Provincial police in Quebec said they would help the inquiry.