(Montreal) In order for the Atikamekw Nation to materialize the “Joyce Principle”, aimed at ensuring Aboriginal health care with dignity and without discrimination, the federal government granted it 2 million.
The announcement was made Wednesday morning by Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller.
The “Joyce Principle” was named in honor of this Atikamekw woman from Manawan, who filmed herself from her hospital bed shortly before her death on September 28th. Her video allows you to hear the degrading insults launched by a nurse and an attendant at the Joliette Hospital.
Her husband, Carol Dubé, present during the videoconference announcement, recalled that the Joyce Principle aims to guarantee all Indigenous people a right of equitable access to health care and social services, which must be exempt from discrimination and racism.
The Atikamekw Nation of which they are a part has taken on its shoulders to promote the objectives of Joyce’s Principle and to translate it into concrete actions.
It will thus be able to develop tools and training for health professionals, as well as others aimed at making First Nations aware of their rights when they have recourse to the health system. These funds will also be used to organize meetings with non-Aboriginals on the subject of the fight against racism.
At a press conference, the Grand Chief of the Atikamekw Nation, Constant Awashish, also spoke of carrying out studies to assess the possibility of setting up birthing centers adapted to the needs of its members, as well as health services. mental.