Honouring Joyce Echaquan’s legacy through art, music and a movement for change across Quebec

The tranquil streets of Trois-Rivières, Que., turned into a human wave of colourful patterns and intricate artwork on June 2, 2021, as thousands marched to show support for the family of Joyce Echaquan.

The coroner’s inquiry into the death of the 37-year-old Atikamekw woman had wrapped up that day at the courthouse — marking the end of four weeks of intense, emotional testimony.

The resounding message heard during the march, from citizens as well as Indigenous leaders, was that Echaquan’s death had to mean something — and her life also needed to be honoured.

That has also been the sentiment

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