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May 12, 2021
Basic knowledge, humility needed to compensate for years of ‘sheer ignorance’
Sylvie Roy didn’t expect her career as a child psychologist to lead to where she is now — teaching health-care professionals in Quebec about Indigenous history and realities and explaining how decades of colonial biases may be harming their interactions with patients.
That notion is central to the cultural safety training Roy has been offering for years — a service that is in higher demand than ever in Quebec.
It’s a topic that will likely be raised when a coroner begins an investigation this week into the way Indigenous people are treated by Quebec’s health-care system. The inquest is looking into the death of Joyce Echaquan last year at a hospital in Joliette.
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