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Faces of the Open Door: ‘Women don’t have to die on the streets’ – Montreal Gazette

by pmnationtalk on December 19, 201769 Views

December 18, 2017

Part 7 in a series of profiles about Westmount day centre the Open Door

Jessica Quijano was at work when she heard the news: police had found a young woman’s body hanging from the balcony of a townhouse in Montreal.

Paramedics rushed to the scene that morning, laid Siasi Tullaugak against the warm pavement and tried to revive her. They were too late.

By the time she died on Aug. 28, Tullaugak had been on the streets for less than a year. Those final months saw the young woman slip further into addiction, sometimes turning to the sex trade to support her crack cocaine habit.

Quijano remembers the 27-year-old as an energetic young woman; someone with dreams of getting out of the life and flying back to Puvirnituq — a fishing village on the eastern shores of the Hudson Bay.

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