National Post (Latest Edition)

INDIGENOUS WOMAN AWARDED ROSA PARKS PRIZE POSTHUMOUS­LY

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An Indigenous woman who died in a Quebec hospital last September shortly after she livestream­ed degrading comments from hospital workers has been awarded a prize recognizin­g people who foster inclusion and social justice. Joyce Echaquan’s death gained internatio­nal attention as a result of the video filmed from her hospital bed, showing her in distress as two staff members disregarde­d her calls for help. Echaquan’s husband, Carol Dubé, accepted the prize, named after U.S. civil rights activist Rosa Parks, from a Quebec group that works to build solidarity with Africa. Dubé noted in an April 14 thank-you letter that he takes comfort in knowing his wife’s actions fuelled a desire for social justice, saying he and the couple’s children were deeply moved to have Echaquan’s name associated with Parks.

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