Quebec’s Indigenous affairs minister is ready to be faraway from her publish, just below two weeks after a video captured employees at a Joliette, Que., hospital hurling insults at an Atikamekw lady as she lay dying.
The demise of Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old mom of seven, heightened criticism that Sylvie D’Amours had failed to deal with the discrimination going through Indigenous folks within the province.
Ian Lafrenière, a member of the Coalition Avenir Québec authorities and a former Montreal police inspector, will change D’Amours within the place, Radio-Canada has confirmed.
The change was first reported by the Journal de Montréal. Premier François Legault is predicted to make the official announcement at a information convention alongside Lafrenière at 11 a.m. ET.
D’Amours, named Indigenous affairs minister in 2018, has confronted questions on her understanding of Indigenous points and her incapability to talk English. She was additionally underneath scrutiny for the province’s inaction because the ultimate report from the Viens Fee was made public a yr in the past.
The report documented the discrimination Indigenous folks face when receiving public companies. It laid out 142 suggestions, together with a number of to deal with issues in entry to health-care companies.
The fee was launched in 2016, following a Radio-Canada investigation into allegations of police misconduct towards Indigenous ladies in Val-d’Or, Que.
The province has up to now didn’t act on the majority of the suggestions. D’Amours stated earlier this month she had a plan in place to deal with 51.
Montreal police additionally accused of discrimination
Lafrenière, elected in 2018, is the previous head of communications at Montreal police, a corporation that has had its personal issues with racial profiling and discrimination.
A report from three independent researchers launched final yr discovered systemic bias in road checks carried out by Montreal police.
In line with that report, Indigenous ladies have been notably overrepresented and have been 11 occasions extra more likely to be stopped by police than white ladies.
Nakuset, government director of the Native Ladies’s Shelter of Montreal, stated she would have most well-liked to see somebody who had been advocating for Indigenous rights tackle the function, relatively than somebody who routinely defended the actions of police.
“He was the face of the SPVM,” she stated, referring to Montreal police.
“It is disheartening.”
She hopes to see Lafrenière work with a staff of Indigenous folks and hopes he’ll make an effort to seek the advice of with the group.
Echaquan’s demise has renewed requires Legault to acknowledge systemic racism exists within the province.
An open letter, made public Friday and signed by greater than 470 college professors and well being professors, known as on Legault to acknowledge systemic racism.
However Legault said earlier this week he’s dedicated to creating modifications within the province to keep away from one other tragedy just like the one suffered by Echaquan.
“We should not be afraid to say it; the Quebec public service has failed in its obligation to Madame Echaquan,” Legault stated.
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