It has been one year since the tragic incident of the death of Joyce Echaquan, an Atikamekw woman from the community of Manawan and mother of seven children.
One year later, Joyce Echaquan has become a symbol for all the injustices experienced by Indigenous people in Quebec that are too often underestimated. Her story has lifted the veil on the prejudices experienced by First Nations and has proven to be an invitation to dialogue in order to build bridges between peoples, but also to deconstruct the prejudices and stereotypes that have too long fed the collective imagination of Quebecers.
It is our duty to keep Joyce Echaquan’s memory alive and to continue to move things forward.
The Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki