Echaquan’s death sparks reckoning on racism

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Photo: Florence Landry

Several hundred people marched in downtown Quebec City on Oct. 3 in honour of Joyce Echaquan.

Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old mother of seven and member of the Atikamekw Nation, died at the Centre hospitalier régional de Lanaudière (CHRL), in Joliette, on Sept. 23. The evening of her death, Echaquan recorded a video on Facebook Live. In obvious terror, she can be heard screaming and pleading for someone to come get her.