Quebec coroner's office to launch public inquest into Joyce Echaquan's death

Joyce Echequan 3 (CTV News)

The Quebec coroner's office says it will launch a public inquest into the death of Joyce Echaquan, the Indigenous woman who died in a Quebec hospital after filming staff insulting her.
     
Chief Coroner Pascale Descary says the decision comes after a request was made by Quebec Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault on Saturday.
     
The coroner's office says public hearings will be ordered as soon as possible.
     
Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw mother of seven, died soon after she filmed herself from her hospital bed in Joliette, Que., about 70km north of Montreal, last Monday while she was in clear distress and pleading for help.
     
Hospital staff can be heard in the video making disparaging comments against Echaquan, including calling her stupid and saying she'd be better off dead.
     
The video has created widespread indignation, several inquiries and a lawsuit from Echaquan's family against the hospital where she died.