Striking a balance between Western and Indigenous medicine

When Roxann Whitebean was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer at age 30, one of her biggest fears going into chemotherapy was losing her hair.

It wasn’t an issue of vanity, but because hair holds cultural significance in her Mohawk culture.

“Hair is a symbol of strength and honour, and it’s our style of choice to have it very long,” said Whitebean, a filmmaker and mother of four from Kahnawake, Que. “It symbolizes someone who’s whole.”

“I grew up as a traditional woman within my community … and I always felt that if I were to ever get sick, that I would just undergo traditional medicine and not western,” said Whitebean.

“For years I went to the doctors and said I think there’s a problem, I found a lump in my breast, and they would tell me that I was too young,” said Whitebean.

Instead, Whitebean choose to strike a balance

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Nurse fired after video shows Canadian hospital staff mocking Indigenous patient

A nurse at a Quebec hospital has been fired after a dying Indigenous woman streamed hospital staff mocking her.

The patient, Joyce Echaquan, recorded the footage Monday on Facebook Live while she was at Centre Hospitalier Régional de Lanaudière in Joliette for stomach pains.

In the video, reviewed by NBC News, Echaquan makes noises of extreme discomfort from her hospital bed. Hospital staff can be heard calling her “stupid as hell” in French while one nurse says Echaquan, a mother of seven, is “good at having sex, more than anything else.” Echaquan, 37, died later that day.

The local public health department said it “finds the comments heard in the video circulated on social media unacceptable” and “does not tolerate any such language on the part of its staff within the organization.”

“The investigation is underway, and a nurse has been fired,” the department said, according to NBC News.

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outcry after video shows hospital staff taunting dying Indigenous woman



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A shocking video showing hospital staff in Canada taunting a dying Indigenous woman has left a community in mourning and renewed calls for the country to confront the realities of systemic racism.

Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw woman, arrived at a hospital in the Quebec city of Joliette on Monday, complaining of stomach pain.

The mother of seven had previously suffered similar issues and told staff she had a heart condition. Echaquan started livestreaming her experience on Facebook as her pain escalated, and staff at the hospital appeared indifferent to her pleas for help.



a group of people sitting on a bed: People attend a vigil in front of the hospital where Joyce Echaquan died in Joliette, Quebec, on 29 September.


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People attend a vigil in front of the hospital where Joyce Echaquan died in Joliette, Quebec, on 29 September.

In the footage, Echaquan is seen grimacing as nurses call her “stupid as hell”. “Are you done acting stupid? Are you done?” asked one nurse

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