A gathering was held outside Pasqaua Hospital on Friday afternoon to raise awareness for Juliette Tapaquon.
Juliette’s mother, Joyce Tapaquon has come forward to say her daughter was the victim of racism while in palliative care at the Pasqua Hospital.
Juliette was being treated at the hospital when she died of cancer in October 2014. Joyce says staff didn’t provide enough pain medication to her daughter while she was dying.
“She was in pain, she was struggling,” said Joyce.
She’s now calling on the Regina Qu’Appelle Health to publicly apologize, and work to provide better end-of-life services to Indigenous people.
The Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region released a statement on Friday addressing the protest:
“We offer our very sincere sympathies to this family in their time of grief and loss, and are sorry that we did not meet all of their expectations or needs in the care of their loved one.”