A medal from the National Assembly for Joyce Ichakan

On Tuesday, members of the National Assembly presented Joyce Echaquan with a posthumous medal of honor. The family of the AtikmeckW woman who died in October 2020 in a racist insult to Joliet Hospital staff, quickly reminded the government that the recognition would not be enough without more specific steps.

“We are reminded that if a medal is only metal, it has no value,” said Mrs. Echaquan’s family in a press release issued on the sidelines of the medal ceremony.

“We accept that Joyce’s policy, half-way, recognition is not enough. We must embrace it, bring it to life, provide the necessary resources, so that our heritage, thanks to Joyce, is an unprecedented evolution in the relationship between Quebec’s non-indigenous and indigenous peoples, “his family added.

Following the death of Mrs. Echaquan, the Atticameku Nation Council formulated Joyce’s policy, which aims to “guarantee the right of all indigenous peoples to equitable access to all social and health services without discrimination.” But Quebec refuses to accept it, as it claims to recognize “systematic racism” from the beginning, which the Quebec government on Coalition Avenue does not want to recognize.

However, according to the Echaquan family, systemic racism is an element that contributes to maternal death, “tragic and avoidable.” In it, Atikameku agrees with the coroner responsible for investigating her death, concluding the woman’s relatives: In October 2021, Gehane Kamel ruled that Miss Ichakoan was confronted by de Joliet at the hospital in the “racist and superstitious” tragedy that cost her her life.

Other respected personalities

At the National Assembly stand, Mrs. Echakan’s husband, Carol Dubey, greeted all the elected officials gathered in the Blue Room with applause. The man and some of his children were accompanied by journalist, actress and writer Janet Bertrand, screenwriter Luke Dione, former MP Benoit Pelletier and Martin LaFleur, son of the late hockey player Guy LaFleur. They have all been honored by the National Assembly for their careers and for their commitment.

In the statement they shared, the Ichakuan family wrote that they would “choose not to be in the National Assembly” on Tuesday. “Of course we would love to have Joyce with us, still by our side. No medal can ever change his life. But since we are there, we want to dedicate our presence to the courage of the Atikameku women, from here and to the indigenous women of other places, “they wrote.

In the wake of Joyce Echaquan’s death, dozens of indigenous people have condemned the abuse they have suffered in Quebec’s health care system.

The Echaquan family added that they had received the medal “in order to promote this particular form of racism.” [le racisme systémique] It is present in Quebec like any other place in Canada that people in a position to change are no longer ignoring. “

To this day, the Legalt government refuses to acknowledge the existence of systematic racism anywhere other than residential schools. Quebec also rejects a commission’s recommendation regarding the relationship between indigenous peoples and certain public services (Commission Viennese), which directs the filing of complaints from indigenous peoples on public networks to measure the incidence of discrimination.

The Echaquan family ended its press release by paying tribute to Janet Bertrand, who sat in a few seats from Carol Dubey in the National Assembly gallery on Tuesday. “We accept it [la médaille] Hopefully, the value of what we have today will one day be equal to that of Mrs. Bertrand at the same time, a symbol of an exceptional contribution to the evolution of Quebec mentality, “wrote Atikmekou Mahila.

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