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September 30, 2020
MONTREAL — The press release issued by Quebec’s Minister responsible for Indigenous Affairs, Sylvie D’Amours, in the wake of the death of Joyce Echaquan is an “insult,” according to the official opposition, who says D’Amours is no longer fit to hold the position.
Echaquan — a 37-year-old Indigenous woman — died at Joliette Hospital Monday evening in troubling circumstances. She was the victim of disparaging and degrading remarks shortly before her death, as shown in a video she broadcasted from her hospital bed.
Choosing to mark the first anniversary of the Viens commission report on Wednesday, D’Amours praised the work Quebec accomplished with Indigenous people over the past year in a press release called “Commission d’enquête sur les relations entre les Autochtones et certains services publics: écoute, réconciliation et progress un an d’action.”