MONTREAL – The health executive who oversaw the Quebec hospital where an Indigenous patient was mocked and insulted before she died testified Friday he wasn’t aware of a racism problem involving Atikamekw patients at the institution.
Daniel Castonguay, who was head of the health board serving Quebec’s Lanaudière region from 2015 until being reassigned by the Quebec government last December, testified at a coroner’s inquest investigating the Sept. 28 death of Joyce Echaquan.
Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw mother of seven, filmed herself on Facebook Live as a nurse and an orderly were heard making derogatory comments toward her at the hospital in Joliette, Que., northeast of Montreal.
The inquiry has heard that Atikamekw patients did not want to visit the hospital because of the alleged mistreatment they received from staff.
On Friday, Castonguay said there was a long-standing toxic work environment at the facility, but just 10 formal complaints…