Quebec: Echaquan family continues to fight for justice – community/academics/doctors in full support.

Joyce Eschaquan: Photo credit APTN

The evidence that Quebec continues to violate the human rights of Indigenous Peoples was succinctly and vehemently presented in a scathing letter penned by medical doctor, researcher, and community activist Dr. Samir Shaheen-Hussain and addressed to Quebec’s Premier, Francois Legault and his Coalitien Avenir Québec.

Doctors and academics in Quebec and Canada are outraged that Legault’s government has, once again, refused to do what is in the best interest of Indigenous peoples, and that is, to adopt Joyce’s Principle, which states that all Indigenous people have an equal right to the highest standard of physical and mental health. Included in it are six concrete recommendations, which if acted upon, would better ensure that the horrific situation which led to the death of Joyce Echaquan will not happen again. It aims to guarantee all Indigenous peoples’ right to equitable access, without any discrimination, to all social and health services.

Currently, there are actions you can take to help hold both Quebec and Canada’s leadership accountable to the Indigenous communities they (under) serve. Using Dr. Shaheen-Hussain’s letter as a resource , you can write Premier Francois Legault at:

Conseil exécutif
Édifice Honoré-Mercier
835, boulevard René-Lévesque Est
3e étage

Québec (Quebec) G1A 1B4

Telephone: 418-643-5321
Fax: 418-646-1854

You can also contact Ian Lafreniere, the Minister responsible for Indigenous Affairs.

Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones
900, place D’Youville
5e étage
Québec (Quebec) G1R 3P7

Telephone: 418-528-8407
Fax: 418-646-9487

Quebec Justice Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette, can be contacted at:

Édifice Pamphile-Le May
1035, rue des Parlementaires 1er etageBurea 1.39
Quebec (Quebec) G1A 1A4 Tel:418-643-3804 Email:

Tel:418-643-3804 Email:

The Atikamekw community of Manawan is not taking this appalling injustice lying down. They are requesting that the United Nations (UN) and its various bodies, including the special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, examine the reality of Indigenous women’s lives in the wake of Joyce Echaquan’s death.