By Shari Narine Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Twelve Atikamekw women are taking legal action against the regional health authority that operates Joliette hospital in Quebec and three physicians. They are claiming sterilization without having given consent. The class action lawsuit will be before the Superior Court of Quebec in May 2023 for certification. “We expect the group to be significantly larger,” said Lea Lemay Langlois, legal counsel with the Quebec law firm Dionne Schulze. Legal action is restricted to the single health authority because health services in Quebec must be sued individually. The Joliette hospital is the same hospital that Joyce Echaquan, also an Atikamekw woman, died in in 2020. Echaquan streamed on Facebook the appalling racism she endured as she was mocked and insulted by female staff. A coroner’s
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