Tackle Systemic Racism in Quebec

Tackle Systemic Racism in Quebec

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Charly PERLMAN started this petition to Citizens of Quebec

Systemic racism is a prevalent issue for the Indigenous community in Quebec. A recent incident occurred in which an Indigenous woman, Joyce Echaquan, recently died in a hospital in Quebec. She had filmed health care workers insulting her and stating racist comments. Although this caused much attention on the issue, many alarming occurrences like this happen without us knowing. It is difficult for a change to be made if our own premier, François Legault, denies the existence of systemic racism here in Quebec. There are clear statistics in which prove that there is a clear flaw in the system indicating this is not just one case of racism, but systematic racism, such that 1 in 4 Indigenous peoples are living in poverty (Poverty Institute, Canadian). Only 44% of Indigenous peoples have completed high school compared to 88% of other Canadians (Government of Canada). Life expectancy is lower for people of colour, including Indigenous people (Schwartz, Susan par 21). The Daily indicates that the life expectancy of Indigenous peoples is only 65 years of age compared to 83 years of age for other Canadians (Government of Canada). There are people demanding for justice for Joyce Echanquan, but additionally for everyone else in their community who have been discriminated against historically. We must demand for change. Sign this petition if you, as a Quebec Citizen, believe that Premier François Legault should acknowledge the matter Joyce Echaquan experienced as systemic racism. Your signature could lead to a significant change for the future of the Indigenous peoples.

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