Premier François Legault has time and time again said that while he can admit racism exists in Quebec, he doesn't believe that it exists on a systemic level.\nEmpirical reports, such as the Viens Commission report, have proven otherwise, though. So, a petition has begun demanding the premier recognize its presence in Quebec.Other members of the CAQ government, including Geneviève Guilbault, have refused to acknowledge systemic racism in our province as well. Meanwhile, political leaders like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mayor of Montreal Valérie Plante have publically said it does, in fact, exist in both Quebec and all of Canada.\nEditor's Choice: A Montreal Borough Was Just Ranked One Of The Coolest Neighbourhoods In The World\n View this post on Instagram (EN below) WeDoSomething lance aujourd’hui une pétition pour que le premier ministre du Québec, M. François Legault, reconnaisse officiellement que le racisme systémique existe au Québec. Nous croyons que sans cette admission officielle, les 142 recommandations du rapport de la Commission Viens (qui examine les relations entre les communautés autochtones et certaines institutions publiques du Quebec) ne seront pas priorisées. En un an, seulement 2 de ces 142 recommandations ont étés mises en œuvre. Cette pétition a été crée avec l’accord de nos alliés autochtones. Le lien est dans la bio, svp signer et partager. Merci 🙏🏼 #justicepourjoyce #stopracismesystemique ••• Today WeDoSomething launches a petition to demand that Quebec premier François Legault’s administration officially recognize that systemic racism exists in Quebec. Without this, we do not believe that the 142 calls to action included in the Viens Commission report will be enacted. This report specifically examined ways to improve relations between indigenous people and our institutions, and only 2 of the 142 have been enacted in one year. Please note that this was created with the blessing of our indigenous allies, and does not seek to speak for them. Link in bio. Please sign and share far and wide. 🙏🏼 #justiceforjoyce #stopsystemicracism #weareallies A post shared by WeDoSomething_org (@wedosomething_org) on Oct 3, 2020 at 12:15pm PDT\n\n\n \nLegault has claimed to have "a different definition" of systemic racism than others, believing that it doesn't exist here is because "the vast majority of Quebecers are not racist."\nLocal Criminal Lawyer Maria-Livia Beaugé has explained that "systemic racism is not about being racist. It's about a system that allows you to act in a racist way and to act with discrimination."\nWhile the CAQ government is currently planning an "awareness campaign" to fight racism in the province, the group behind the new petition, We Do Something, "demand that the Legault government recognize the presence of systemic racism in Quebec."\nThis petition points out the recent death of Joyce Echaquan in a hospital in Joliette and the "racist abuse" that the organizers believe was linked to it.