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'It was sheer hatred': The Indigenous woman taunted as she died


October 6, 2020

Last Thursday, Carol Dube travelled almost 400 kilometres (249 miles) from his home in Manawan First Nation to address federal government officials in Canada’s capital, Ottawa. Three days earlier, his 37-year-old wife, Joyce Echaquan, had died at the Centre Hospitalier de Lanaudiere in Joliette in Quebec.

She had live-streamed some of her last moments on Facebook – a video that shows Echaquan writhing and shouting in pain while hospital staff taunt and degrade her, calling her a “f***ing idiot” and telling her she is only good for sex.

With a trembling voice, Dube told Canada’s Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett and Minister of Indigenous Services Marc Miller he was there to claim justice for his wife.


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