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Recognition of systemic racism and discrimination against indigenous women and girls

Petition text

WHEREAS the human rights of equality and non-discrimination are guaranteed by several international conventions and declarations to which Canada and Quebec are subject;

WHEREAS section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and section 10 of the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms guarantee equality and the right to non-discrimination;

WHEREAS Indigenous women and girls experience at least two types of discrimination by virtue of being women and Indigenous;

WHEREAS the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services in Québec (Viens Commission) denounced the presence of systemic racism towards Indigenous people;

WHEREAS the report by Coroner Gehane Kamel attests that systemic racism contributed to the tragic death of Joyce Echaquan on September 28, 2020, at the Joliette hospital center;

WHEREAS the Manawan Atikamekw Council and the Council of the Atikamekw Nation request the immediate implementation of Joyce's Principle, presented before the National Assembly and the House of Commons in November 2020.

We, the undersigned, ask the Government of Quebec to :
  • recognize the existence of systemic racism and discrimination against Indigenous people, and in particular women and girls;
  • implement concrete actions to eradicate systemic racism and discrimination, rooted in our institutions since colonization;
  • immediately and unconditionally adopt Joyce's Principle;
  • co-create and implement culturally appropriate and culturally safe services in collaboration with Indigenous people.

The signing period for this petition is over.

Signing deadline : March 1, 2023

Number of signatures : 3805

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