Quebec’s Indigenous sensitivity training falls short, say health-care workers – CBC

Sep 26, 2022

Training sparked by Joyce Echaquan’s death called ‘superficial’ and ‘cringe-worthy’

As the second anniversary of Joyce Echaquan’s death approaches this week, Indigenous health professionals say the measures taken by the Quebec government to address racism and discrimination in medical facilities have been inadequate.

Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw mother of seven, died in a Joliette, Que., hospital in 2020 after filming herself being subjected to insulting comments from staff.

Quebec’s ministry of health and social services (MSSS) developed compulsory training for all its health-care workers after a coroner’s report found racism and discrimination contributed to her death.

However, Glenda Sandy, a Naskapi-Cree nurse from Kawawachikamach, Que., says the training does little to combat racism, prejudices or harmful misconceptions in the province’s health-care system.

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