Joyce Echaquan: Anglade deplores a “missed appointment” with the Aboriginal peoples | Elections Quebec 2022
Joyce's Principle, systemic racism, cultural safety: Leaders disagree on path to reconciliation.
Dominique Anglade is again in the Quebec region, along with including the Liberal candidate in Jean-Talon, Julie White.
To strengthen the dialogue between Aboriginals and Quebecers, as the political leaders wish, the conversation must still be started, according to Dominique Anglade. Two years after the death of Joyce Echaquan, the Liberal leader criticizes the Legault government for having missed an opportunity to improve its relations with the First Nations.
De l& #x27;Ms. Anglade's opinion, things should have been done differently since September 28, 2020.
That day, Joyce Echaquan, originally from the Atikamekw community of Manawan, died at the Center hospitalier de Lanaudière, in Joliette. The 37-year-old took her last breath live on Facebook, in murky circumstances that led to the opening of a public inquiry. She left behind her husband, Carol Dubé, and their seven children.
At the end of the hearings, coroner Géhane Kamel concluded that Ms. Echaquan's death could have been avoided: the system has failed in its mission. A “necessary meeting” will have to take place between the government and the indigenous communities, she affirmed during the unveiling of her report.
On this day of commemoration of the death of Joyce Echaquan, the leader of the Quebec Liberal Party, Dominique Anglade, judged that the government had failed to seize this opportunity. The management of the Coalition avenir Québec has, according to her, the appearance of a “missed appointment with the Aboriginal nations”.
The file will be settled when we can have a dialogue, she said. To pave the way for these discussions, it would have been essential for the National Assembly to first recognize the Joyce Principle, she continued.
This brief, developed by the Atikamekw Council of Manawan and the Council of the Atikamekw Nation, calls on the governments of Quebec and Canada to recognize Indigenous health rights to ensure relationships “free from systemic racism”.
“Obviously, between the CAQ and our indigenous nations, there is not much understanding.
—Dominique Anglade, Leader of the Quebec Liberal Party
On Wednesday, outgoing Prime Minister François Legault marked the anniversary of Ms. Echaquan's death by recalling the “duty of memory” of Quebecers.
But we acted in Joliette, he hastened to add, referring to the appointment of Guy Niquay, an Atikamekw from Manawan, as assistant to the CEO of the CISSS de Lanaudière and hiring Indigenous Liaison Officers since September 2020.
The head of the CAQ also cited the cultural safety training made mandatory for employees of the establishment. However, it has come under severe criticism from health experts, who have called it sometimes “colonizing”, sometimes “harmful”.
Is there is still work to do? Absolutely! launched Mr. Legault at the microphone of Midi info. We will continue to fight racism against Aboriginal people.
Some will have noticed the brief pause of the caquiste leader after the word “racism”. Since the death of Ms. Echaquan, the outgoing Prime Minister has been in a hurry to recognize the existence of systemic racism, implicated in the death of the Atikamekw. But François Legault refuses, thus denying one of the recommendations of coroner Kamel.
The CAQ refused the motion tabled by Liberal MP Gregory Kelley, under which parliamentarians would have recognized the importance of addressing systemic racism. We should have said: yes, systemic racism does exist, Dominique Anglade judged on Wednesday.
On this issue, Ms. Anglade finds in her counterpart from Québec solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, an ally who has already added his voice to that of the Liberal to call on François Legault to “recognize the problem” in order to better resolve it.
I have no magic solution, but I do know one thing: there is no justice without listening and reconciliation without humility, said Mr. Nadeau-Dubois on Wednesday, after paying tribute to Ms. Echaquan.
The leader of the Parti Québécois has no intention of jumping into the fray, preferring the term “institutional racism” to “systemic racism” anyway.< /p>
Asked to clarify what differentiated the two expressions during a press briefing, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon indicated that he had already detailed his thoughts in the pages of the Journal from Montreal. There is no need, he says, to eat up campaign time to come back to it.
“People heard it all- above. There is little reason, at this stage, to take 30 minutes of campaign time to redo a pitch that is accessible [on the web].
—Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, leader of the Parti Québécois
Exasperated, the PQ did not want to say more, instead inviting those who are interested in the fruit of his reflections to look for his name on the Internet. Type my name, systemic racism: the argument is there, he blurted.
For those who will not lend themselves to the exercise: Paul St -Pierre Plamondon means by “institutional racism” that which manifests itself within an institution whose ways of doing things favor the discrimination of a particular group. The expression “systemic racism”, meanwhile, too often allows shortcuts, the PQ leader had already explained.
I invite all those who have nothing to wax about the semantic debate and who want there to be change to vote Parti Québécois, he concluded. The PQ leader pleads for the inclusion of the principle of cultural security in the Act respecting health services and social services in order to ensure the adaptation of health care [according to] different cultural and linguistic realities .
Mr. St-Pierre Plamondon pointed out that Mr. Legault had recently affirmed that the situation at the Joliette hospital was “resolved”. The outgoing prime minister later had to apologize to Joyce Echaquan's widower, admitting he had “maybe” been “clumsy”.
The Echaquan family announced that civil lawsuits will be filed this Thursday at the Joliette courthouse. Lawyers will demand accountability for the work done at the CISSS de Lanaudière to prevent a tragedy from happening again.