Another – who is briefly seen at the end of the video – appears to question Echaquan’s pain, saying:
"Are you done acting stupid? Are you done?"
Her nursing partner joins in, adding “You made some bad choices, my dear.
“What are your children going to think, seeing you like this, eh?”
The first nurse then replies, saying: “She’s good at screwing, more than anything else. And we’re paying for this”.
Echaquan later died on Monday, reportedly after receiving morphine, although a family member has alleged that she had previously warned staff she couldn’t handle the drug because of underlying medical conditions.
The incident happened at a hospital in Joliette, 70km from Montreal.
Authorities are now investigating Echaquan’s treatment, admitting it was racist although Quebec’s premier refused to acknowledge systemic racism in the district.
François Legault told a reporter that the nurse in question’s behaviour was “unacceptable and racist” and that she had been “fired”.
However, he denied that institutional racism was a problem in Quebec.
A lawyer leading an independent investigation into alleged racism in British Columbia’s healthcare system said what happened to Echaquan was “deeply racist”.
“This tragic case that has come to national attention today... reminds us that this is a national issue,” said Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond.
“It is shocking because of the recording and the distress and so it is a deeply troubling example of not just a lack of care, but some deeply racist views that caused someone to be treated as less than human”.
Echaquan's death has led to an outpouring of grief and calls for change on social media.
An Indigenous woman lay dying in the hospital while being made fun of by hospital staff
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