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UVic prof investigated by FBI

Lecture on Indigenous lands leads to allegations of inciting violence, but case has been dropped


A University of Victoria professor was investigated by the FBI after she was accused of making “terroristic threats” at a November speech in Minnesota. Waziyatawin, who has only one name and is a member of the Dakota First Nation, was said to have made comments about reclaiming aboriginal lands “by any means necessary.”

She was investigated after a letter to the editor complaining about the lecture appeared in a local newspaper, but the FBI closed the file on Tuesday. “The FBI agent informed me he was closing the case after listening to the original presentation as it was clear I had not made the statement that a young, white male student had complained about,” Waziyatawin told the Victoria Times Colonist.

The FBI is not commenting on the case but a representative said that “When there’s a speech which is in the arena of violent rhetoric, the FBI will at least review that speech to make sure no state or federal laws have been violated.”

Waziyatawin, an associate professor, holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples at UVic.

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  2. Check out Angela Cavender Wilson (Waziyatawin) biographies online and her own choice of words that could indeed incite bigotry and violence. Keep in mind that in Canada, such verbal violence by First Nations activists and advocates is tolerated by authorities who have been cowed into subservience through the FN’s deft legal tactics using Canadian Charter rights:


    BC indian chief Baptiste who incited gun violence against Prosperity Mine near Williams Lake got away with it, to applause by her band and others (“Fight against mine could be bloody”, Globe & Mail, 3 Sept).

    Globe & Mail’s Christie Blatchford researched major indian violence in Caledonia, and so has been condemned by indian activists, but her point stands that indian violence was not stopped by police (who did arrest white counter-demonstrators), and so violence continued to end with a very bloody assault on at least one white homeowner who is now in a coma. Blatchford condemned inaction by police chief Julian Fantino, who has since gone on to become new Conservative MP.