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The fate of Joyce Echaquan, an Indigenous woman whose final hours were spoiled by humiliating slurs, isn’t unique as native Canadians are stigmatized everywhere, her cousin told RT as anti-racism rallies are held nationwide.

Canada’s Indigenous people are “always treated differently, and it doesn’t depend on whether it’s a public service or a shop or anything else,” Reginald Echaquan told RT days after his cousin Joyce died in Joliette, about 70km north of Montreal.

Echaquan, a 37-year-old mother of seven, suddenly felt unwell and was admitted to a Joliette hospital with stomach pain in late-September. The drama unfolded last Monday, when the woman went live on Facebook, posting an extremely disturbing video that showed her screaming in clear distress and moaning in pain. 

Meanwhile, medical staff could be heard calling her “stupid as hell” in French and suggesting she had made “bad choices.” It is reported she was also asked what her children would think if they saw her “like this.”

Echaquan – who had a record of heart issues – reportedly died shortly after the live stream ended. The true cause of her death is yet to be revealed, but in her previous videos, she told followers that the staff administered her too much morphine even after her complaints.

Echaquan’s death caused a wave of outrage, especially among the local Indigenous community. On Saturday, thousands of protesters gathered in Montreal, marching through the city and chanting “Justice For Joyce,” and “No Justice, No Peace” – a nod to the Black Lives Matter movement initiated in neighboring United States.

Demonstrators decried stigma against native Canadians, and Echaquan’s relatives shared that sentiment. The woman’s husband, Carol Dube, said his loved one had died because racism and discrimination against Indigenous people are widespread in Quebec, including in the healthcare system.

“The problem is that we have systemic racism in all these spheres,” Echaquan’s cousin, Reginald, acknowledged to RT. “I can say that Joyce’s case is, unfortunately, not unique,” he said, adding, “we want to be treated differently.”

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Pakistan blast: At least seven dead in Peshawar school attack






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At least seven people have died after an explosion during a class at a religious school in Pakistan, police have said.

Children of various age groups are among the dead, an officer at the scene told the BBC.

Dozens of others were injured in the attack, which took place in the northern city of Peshawar.

No group has yet claimed responsibility. An investigation has been launched.

The city of Peshawar, close to the Afghan border, has seen some of the worst of the violence during the Taliban insurgency in recent years.

Six years ago, gunmen stormed a military school in the city leaving more than 150 dead, including many children.

What happened?

The blast took place at about 08:30 local time (03:30 GMT), police told the BBC.

About 60 people are understood to have been in the class at the religious school, known as a madrassa.


An eyewitness has told the police he saw a man enter the building with a bag of explosives shortly before the blast.

news agency that two teachers were injured.

Hospital officials told Reuters news agency that they had received dozens of injured, many with burns.

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Duterte seeks best Covid vaccine deal but ‘will not beg’ or allow private suppliers to rip off Philippines





Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he would pursue a direct government-to-government deal for a coronavirus vaccine with either China or Russia, warning that ‘corrupt’ private suppliers could try to swindle his country.

“Let me tell everybody that we will not beg, we will pay,” Duterte said in a televised address on Monday night, adding that while Manila is not seeking charity it also aims to sign a direct government-to-government deal without intermediaries.

The president did not indicate the status of vaccine negotiations with Beijing or Moscow, saying he merely mentioned the two countries as possible sources out of a “sense of urgency,” and that “all options” were still on the table. 

The one that could give us the best interest for the country will be chosen.

Duterte stressed the need to obtain an inoculation directly from a friendly foreign state, rather than a private business, warning that such transactions could only bring “trouble” and that a government deal would mean “no corruption.”

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Under its proposed national budget for 2021, Manila will devote some 2.5 billion Philippine pesos ($51.6 million) to vaccine procurement, which Duterte said would be overseen by Finance Secretary Carlos ‘Sonny’ Dominguez III.

“Since he is going to pay, I will listen to Sonny. If there are no funds, he will go to jail,” the president said, apparently threatening prison time for a member of his own cabinet.

Duterte previously torched Western pharma firms developing coronavirus immunizations, saying they were “all about profit,” pointing to some companies who asked for a “cash advance before they deliver the vaccine.” The leader gave a stern warning to any company who offered similar proposals, vowing “I’ll kick your a**.”

Though the president has offered to be the first in his country to take the jab developed in Russia, Sputnik V, it is not clear whether such an arrangement has been made. However, Moscow’s ambassador to the island nation, Igor Khovaev, recently stated the jab could be available to the Philippines by the end of the year.

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At least 7 killed, 70 wounded after bomb goes off at religious school in Pakistan – hospital official





At least seven people were killed and more than 70 wounded in an explosion inside a seminary in northern Pakistan on Tuesday morning. Children are among the victims.

The blast took place in Peshawar, the capital of the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Senior police official Wagar Azim told AFP that a bomb brought inside the Speen Jammat mosque, which also functions as a religious school for local children, went off in the middle of Quran studi

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