Nurses fired after Atikamekw woman said they ‘humiliated’ her while she sought treatment

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Two nurses at a health clinic in Joliette, Que., were fired Tuesday afternoon after an Atikamekw woman revealed they had taunted her with racist insults. The incident occurred in the same regional health network where, six months ago, another Atikamekw woman — Joyce Echaquan — died not long after recording the racist treatment she received from hospital staff. Jocelyne Ottawa, 62, said she was treated with disdain by two nurses at the clinic in Joliette, about 70 kilometres northeast of Montreal, which she visited last Friday to have a bandage changed on her foot. “One of them told me, when she saw my name in the folder: “We’re going to call you Joyce, for short,’ Ottawa recalled in an interview with Radio-Canada. “Then they asked me if I could sing them a song in Atikamekw.”

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