In nurses’ firing, union calls for due process, while First Nations leaders hope broader concerns aren’t lost

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Jocelyne Ottawa said she was humiliated at a clinic in Joliette, Que., but now the union is pushing back. The two nurses accused of racist treatment against an Atikamekw woman should not have been fired before the incident was investigated fully, a representative for the local union says, in a controversy that has quickly escalated to include the provincial government and First Nations leaders. Stéphane Cormier, president of the Syndicat interprofessionnel de la santé de Lanaudière, said Friday the nurses’ dismissal happened without a proper investigation by the regional health authority. According to Cormier, the usual procedure involves collecting testimony from everyone involved over a period of three or four weeks. But in this case, the nurses who treated Jocelyne Ottawa at a clinic in Joliette, Que., were suspended Monday at the end of the day and then fired the following day.

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