The death of Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old Indigenous woman who died last month at the Centre hospitalier régional de Lanaudière in Joliette, has sparked shock and anger that is rippling throughout the country. On Wednesday, Joyce Echaquan's husband, Carol Dubé, released a video in which he expressed gratitude for people who have sent prayers and support to his family.
"From myself and my seven children, I would like to thank everyone for your prayers you have sent me, for your sympathy — everything you're doing for my family and my wife," said Dubé.
It's sad that it had to happen like this, but I know there is good on this planet.
"You have a very big heart and I will prove to you that I also have a big heart. Thank you, everyone. We are all sisters and brothers."
During a live-streamed video recorded from Joyce Echaquan's hospital bed, at least two hospital staff members can be heard shouting insults and racial slurs at her in the moments before she passed away.
Those employees have been fired and the provincial government has called for a coroner's inquiry.
A GoFundMe page to help raise funds for Echaquan’s loved ones has raised nearly $300,000.
Quebec Premier François Legault has apologized for the incident but has so far refused calls to recognize the existence of systemic racism in Quebec.