With files from Alanna Moore.\nMontrealers took to the streets today to rally on behalf of Joyce Echaquan, an Indigenous woman — Atikamekw from Manawan — who exposed Quebec nurses' racial prejudice via Facebook live in the moments before her untimely death.\n"We are gathering community members and allies to mourn, share and bring awareness for the mistreatment and systemic racism against an Attikamek woman," reads the Facebook event description.\nEditor's Choice: Horacio Arruda Took Advantage Of A Press Briefing To Send His Daughter A Touching Message\n\nThe demonstration began at Place Émilie-Gamelin at 1 p.m. on October 3.\nThe crowd was a mix of activists, politicians — including Québec solidaire leader Manon Massé — and regular Montrealers who were up in arms over the mistreatment of Echaquan and other Indigenous peoples in Canada.\n\n \n \n \n \n \n Alanna Moore | MTL Blog\n \n \n \n\nThere appeared to be thousands of people marching to the sound of drums — most of whom wore mandatory masks, as encouraged by organizers.\nOrganizers handed out masks to those who were without and speakers stressed social distancing. \n\n \n \n \n \n \n Alanna Moore | MTL Blog\n \n \n \n\nPolice were present, too.\nBut the protest was a peaceful one. \n\n \n \n \n \n \n Alanna Moore | MTL Blog\n \n \n \n\nMany participants held signs with messages. \nFor example: "You have listened to a live murder. Your prejudices kill" and "Legault, come out of your bubble."\n\nSomeone postered a truck with a graphic of Echaquan's face.\nThe words "Justice For Joyce" meet half a wreath of flowers to form a circle around Echaquan.\n\n \n \n \n \n \n Alanna Moore | MTL Blog\n \n \n \n\nProtesters also held up red dresses to commemorate missing and murdered Indigenous women.\nIn Canada, statistics show that Indigenous women and girls are 12 times more likely to be murdered or missing compared to other Canadian women.\n\n \n \n \n \n \n Alanna Moore | MTL Blog\n \n \n \n\nThe chief of Echaquan's community, Paul-Émile Ottawa, spoke about the need for a revolution. He said it was time to denounce systemic racism.\nThe event was hosted by Iskweu, Nakuset Sohkisiwin, and Janis Qavavauq-Bibeau. A separate group has set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Echaquan's children.\nInvestigations are ongoing.