WATCH | Montreal rally calls for ‘justice’ after indigenous woman’s death

  • Thousands of demonstrators marched in Montreal to denounce systemic racism after a girl was assaulted by nurses earlier than dying in hospital.
  • While nurses allegedly insulted her, she filmed herself calling for assist and screaming in ache.
  • Her household intends to sue the hospital and workers members concerned within the incident.

Thousands of demonstrators marched on Saturday in Montreal to denounce what they mentioned was systemic racism, after an indigenous lady filmed herself being insulted by nurses earlier than dying within the hospital.

Shouting “Justice for Joyce!” and “Racism is a virus,” the protesters demonstrated peacefully within the metropolis’s downtown in opposition to a backdrop of drums and conventional track.

Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw lady and mom of seven, died earlier this week at Joliette Hospital in Montreal beneath controversial circumstances.

A lady holds a ‘Justice for Joyce’ placard throughout an illustration in central Montreal on 3 October 2020, to demand motion for the death of Joyce Echaquan, a Canadian indigenous lady subjected to live-streamed racist slurs by hospital workers earlier than her death.

In a video lasting a number of minutes, which she filmed from her hospital mattress on her cellphone and posted to Facebook, Echaquan is heard calling for assist and screaming in ache, as two hospital workers insult her.

Echaquan, who was hospitalized with abdomen ache, died shortly after the video was recorded.

Speakers on Saturday made repeated calls for Quebec Prime Minister Francois Legault’s centrist authorities to make clear the occasion and acknowledge the existence of systemic racism within the French-speaking province.

On Saturday afternoon, Quebec Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault introduced {that a} public inquiry could be carried out.

Echaquan’s household mentioned Friday it meant to sue the hospital and workers members concerned within the incident. Their legal professionals additionally requested a police investigation.

Two different investigations are already underway into the reason for death and potential negligence.

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