Two new scholarships of $ 36,000 each will be awarded to Aboriginal master’s students and will honor the memory of Joyce Echaquan, this Atikamekw woman whose tragic death last September created a shock wave in Quebec.
A scholarship will be awarded by the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Women’s Issues and the Indigenous Peoples Research and Knowledge Network DIALOG.
The other will come from the Office of the Chief Scientist of Quebec and the Quebec Research Funds.
This initiative is also supported by professors Suzy Basile of the University of Quebec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) and by Carole Lévesque of the National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS), in collaboration with the family of Joyce Echaquan.
Bursaries of $ 36,000 over two years will be awarded by competitive examination to Aboriginal master’s students attending UQAT and INRS.
“Their research should target the call to action and commitment contained in the Joyce Principle, as presented last November by the Council of Atikamekw of Manawan and the Council of the Atikamekw Nation”, a- we said Friday, by press release.
Joyce’s Principle “is a declaration, a call to action and commitment to governments to put an end to an intolerable and unacceptable situation”, we can read in the brief submitted last November by the Atikamekw Council. de Manawan and the Council of the Atikamekw Nation with Ottawa and Quebec.
“Following the steps taken in agreement with the family, the creation of this scholarship appears to us as a way of highlighting the issues and challenges encountered by Native women, in addition to contributing to the training of female students. indigenous people, ”said Suzy Basile.
“The DIALOG Network is partnering today with the Canada Research Chair on Issues Relating to Indigenous Women to offer a scholarship to an Indigenous woman in honor of Ms. Joyce Echaquan, whose untimely death in September 2020 has plunged the whole of Quebec into disarray and torpor, ”added Ms. Lévesque.
Applications are accepted until June 30th.
Recall that the racist remarks to which Joyce Echaquan was victim before her death led to the dismissal of several people, including the CEO of the Lanaudière Integrated Health and Social Services Center, Daniel Castonguay, last December.