Benefit concert honouring Joyce Echaquan available to stream Thursday


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The show will include numbers reflecting “a real musical sharing of cultures,” she said.

“We have to learn to be closer, to be curious, to be there for each other,” Elisapie said.

According to Jemmy Echaquan and to Brazeau, the drama of Echaquan’s final moments will at least help to raise awareness in the population of the situation of Indigenous communities.

“There was a shock — and a realization. And that gives me hope,” Brazeau said.

“My great concern is that this be an event that passes and falls off the radar. For me, it is so important that yet another tragedy not take place before we continue to work on these challenges.

Elisapie, who spoke out on social media to Premier François Legault following the death of Joyce Echaquan, decried the fact the government continues to deny the presence of systemic racism in the province.

“It’s very clear that systems are such that Indigenous Peoples were looked down upon for too long and that they also experienced violence. So, yes, we’re here,” she said.

The concert will be online from Thursday until Jan. 3, 2021 at waskapitan.org. Donations will go toward improving conditions for Indigenous communities in urban areas; this includes opening a clinic for Indigenous communities in Joliette.

“It’s money that will be used for concrete things,” Elisapie said.

With files from the Montreal Gazette