A racist scandal has shaken Canada since the death of Joyce Echaquan, 37 years old, mother of a family,
member of the Attikameks, native people of Quebec. Hospitalized for stomach pain, she died Monday, September 28 at the Lanaudière hospital center, in the Joliette region, after being vvictim of racist comments on his hospital bed.
Shortly before I die, she filmed herself with her cell phone. She complained and said she was too medicated. The images were posted on Facebook. According to The Journal of Montreal, who was able to see the video, a person attacked her violently by insulting her: “Esti thick tabarnouche… It’s better dead that. Are you finished fooling… hug? thick and soft. “
The death of Joyce Echaquan shocked all of Quebec and shocked even the highest political levels. François Legault, Premier of Quebec, spoke of an event “totally unacceptable”. Justin Trudeau denounced an act of “systemic racism” : “What happened was the worst form of racism, when someone needed help the most. This is an example of systemic racism that is simply unacceptable in Canada.” Protests demanding justice for Joyce erupted across the country.
My wife lived her last days in agony surrounded by scornful peopleCarol Dubé, companion of Joyce Echaquan.
Carol Dubé, the companion in her thirties, and father of her seven children, spoke publicly in Joliette on Friday October 2: “My spouse lived her last days in agony surrounded by contemptuous people. The last words she heard before she died, from those who were supposed to protect her:
insults, humiliation“, he said, according to comments reported by The Journal of Montreal.
A complaint has been filed and the relatives of Joyce Echaquan, supported by their lawyer Paul-Émile Ottawa, hope that it will lead to criminal charges. The Minister of Public Security, Geneviève Guilbault, announced this Saturday, October 3 to have called for “a public survey in order to clarify the causes and circumstances “of the drama.