Vancouver Sun

INQUEST TO BE HELD INTO DEATH OF INDIGE­NOUS PA­TIENT

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A pub­lic inquest into the death of an Indige­nous woman who filmed her­self be­ing in­sulted by Que­bec hos­pi­tal staff hours be­fore she died will be launched as soon as pos­si­ble, the prov­ince's chief coro­ner an­nounced. Pas­cale Descary said the late-Satur­day de­ci­sion came as the re­sult of a for­mal re­quest filed hours ear­lier from Que­bec's Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Genevieve Guil­bault. Descary's of­fice pledged to launch the in­quiry soon, but of­fered no spe­cific dates. Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw mother of seven, died shortly af­ter she filmed her­self from her hos­pi­tal bed in Joli­ette, Que., last Mon­day while she was in clear dis­tress and plead­ing for help. Hos­pi­tal staff can be heard in the video mak­ing dis­parag­ing com­ments about Echaquan, in­clud­ing call­ing her stupid and say­ing she'd be bet­ter off dead.

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