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First Joyce Echaquan Scholarship awarded

September 8, 2021 | Julie Robert

Update : September 14, 2021

INRS and UQAT are pleased to award the Joyce Echaquan Scholarship to a student from the Atikamekw community of Opitciwan.

The Joyce Echaquan scholarship is awarded to an Indigenous Master’s level student.

A student from the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), Lucie Dubé, has been awarded the first scholarship created in memory of Joyce Echaquan. Ms. Dubé will conduct her research with the support of the structures of the research network DIALOG and the Research Laboratory on Indigenous Women’s Issues – Mikwatisiw, as well as the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Women’s Issues.

With the $36,000 two-years scholarship, this scholarship will allow the student from the Atikamekw community of Opitciwan to pursue her master’s project under the direction of Professor Suzy Basile from UQAT and the co-direction of Professor Carole Lévesque from the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS).

“I am delighted that Mrs. Dubé has been awarded this scholarship. There is no doubt that her work will shed new light on the path to reconciliation.”

Professor Carole Lévesque, director of the DIALOG Network.

The concept of cultural security “under the microscope”

Lucie Dubé will be studying the implementation of the cultural safety approach in health and social services institutions, in accordance with the recommendations made by the Public Inquiry Commission on relations between Indigenous Peoples and certain public services and the Joyce’s Principle.

More specifically, the research project aims at analyzing the concept of cultural safety in light of the principles and values of the Atikamekw Nehirowisiw Nation.

Lucie Dubé

“I feel privileged to have received this scholarship. I want to honour Joyce Echaquan’s memory by helping to fulfill the wish of her husband, Mr. Dubé, that all Indigenous people receive health care services with respect and dignity.”

Lucie Dubé, student in the Customized Master’s Program in Indigenous Studies at UQAT and first recipient of the Joyce Echaquan Scholarship

A student committed to her community

Lucie Dubé has worked in youth protection for the Atikamekw Nation Council as a member of the Atikamekw Authority Intervention System (AAIS) team for the past several years. She is a member of the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec (OTSTCFQ).By completing her research project, she wishes to contribute to ensuring that all Indigenous people have the right to equitable access, without discrimination, to all social and health care services, as well as the right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, as set out in the Joyce Principle.

A second scholarship opportunity

The Chief Scientist of Québec Office and the Québec Research Funds have joined this initiative by offering a scholarship in the same amount and under the same terms. This second scholarship will be awarded to an Indigenous student during the Winter or Fall semester of 2022. Those interested in applying for the Joyce Echaquan Schorlarship may do so by sending an application to before October 31, 2021.