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CBC News — Take my class, Indigenous studies prof tells Manitoba premier after 'racist' comments

 

"Young Indigenous men — a preponderance of them are offenders, with criminal records — are going off shooting guns in the middle of the night. It doesn't make sense," Pallister told the magazine.

 
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, speaking at a Progressive Conservative Party luncheon, said divisions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people over hunting at night are 'becoming a race war.' (Christopher Katsarov/Canadian Press)

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, speaking at a Progressive Conservative Party luncheon, said divisions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people over hunting at night are 'becoming a race war.' (Christopher Katsarov/Canadian Press)

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Niki Ashton, NDP MP for Churchill-Keewatinook Aski in northern Manitoba, called Pallister's comments "shocking and appalling."

"Here's a premier sitting in his mansion in Costa Rica making racist comments about Indigenous people in our province. I want Canadians to know that Brian Pallister does not speak for us as Manitobans."

Leah Gazan, an Indigenous activist and University of Winnipeg professor, said instead of being in Costa Rica, Pallister should be educating himself on treaty rights in Manitoba.

"You can't take a whole group of people, make those kinds of statements with all sorts of stereotypes and think that's OK," she said.

"First of all, he's stigmatized a whole group of people, and secondly, he clearly needs to be more well-versed about treaty and hunting rights that were agreed upon in treaty."

Johanna Wood, a spokeswoman for the Manitoba Liberal Party, called Pallister's words "inflammatory to Indigenous peoples.

"We're in an era where we still clearly have a long way to go as far as mending Indigenous relationships in Manitoba," she said.

"This type of language is divisive. We're one race, we're the human race. We're trying to see a respectful tone, especially at the highest levels of leadership in our province. More inclusive language can be a start." 

Kinew and Fontaine have called on Pallister to make a public apology to Manitobans generally and young Indigenous men specifically.

"It is heartbreaking that the premier of Manitoba is so utterly divorced and clueless in respect of young Indigenous men and the strength and resiliency of young Indigenous men," said Fontaine. "The comment, absolutely it highlights how completely divorced Brian Pallister is from the people he claims to represent."

 
 

Source

CBC News. (2017, January 27). Take my class, Indigenous studies prof tells Manitoba premier after 'racist' comments | CBC News. Retrieved January 13, 2019, from https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/brian-pallister-night-hunting-comments-manitoba-1.3954539

 
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