At a press conference on Wednesday evening, Quebec Premier François Legault expressed his shock at the circumstances surrounding the death of Joyce Echaquan.

Echaquan posted a video on Facebook Live showing two nurses at the Centre hospitalier régional de Lanaudière berating her with slurs just moments before her death.

"Like all Quebecers, I was shocked by the racism she was subject to," said Legault.

He promised that "a nurse has been fired and two investigations are ongoing."

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Our task force on racism will give me recommendations in the coming weeks.

Premier François Legault 

 

The premier mentioned that the provincial task force on racism will be making "recommendations" in the coming weeks for his government.

He suggested the he would "act quickly" when they're released.

A prominent Quebec First Nations group, the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL) has already published a long series of recommendations for how Quebec society can tackle the problem of racism.

Those recommendations are divided into sections for individuals, organizations, the media, educational institutions, municipalities, police services and the justice system, and businesses.

A protest to demand justice for Echaquan will take place in Montreal on October 3. 

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