Pallister should apologize for ‘race war’ comment, says NDP

Criticism mounts for Manitoba premier following comments on indigenous night hunting


 
Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister takes part in the provincial leaders debate in Winnipeg, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan

Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister takes part in the provincial leaders debate in Winnipeg, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is being criticized for saying young indigenous men with criminal records are responsible for night hunting which he previously said was fuelling a “race war.”

“Young indigenous men — a preponderance of them are offenders, with criminal records — are going off shooting guns in the middle of the night,” Maclean’s magazine quotes Pallister as saying from his vacation home in Costa Rica.

“It doesn’t make sense.”

His comments came after a speech he made last week in which he said tension surrounding night hunting is leading to a “race war.”

“Young indigenous guys going out and shootin’ a bunch of moose ’cause they can, ’cause they say it’s their right, doesn’t make any sense to me,” he said in the speech.

“This is a poor practice. A dumb practice … It should stop.

“So what are we doing? We’re organizing to bring indigenous people together and say the same thing I just said to ya, ’cause it’s becoming a race war and I don’t want that.”

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The Opposition is demanding Pallister apologize for his latest comments and commit to educating himself about First Nations.

NDP legislature member Amanda Lathlin said Pallister’s comments are ignorant and feed into a dangerous stereotype of indigenous people.

“Those comments were racist and irresponsible,” said Lathlin. “He did not consult or talk to our hunters in that community. That conversation is absolutely missing.”

Olivia Baldwin-Valainis, spokeswoman for Pallister, said in an emailed statement that the province has stepped up its enforcement of laws that ban the use of bright lights to hunt at night. She said that resulted in 44 charges in 2016.

Baldwin-Valainis didn’t say how many of the people charged were indigenous or how many had criminal records.

“Reports of dangerous hunting practices have increased,” she wrote. “Two human lives have been lost, livestock have been found shot on private property and agricultural equipment, homes and buildings have been hit by stray bullets.”

She didn’t address calls for Pallister to apologize or educate himself about treaty rights.

Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox met earlier this week with reeves from several communities in western Manitoba who are pushing for a ban on indigenous night hunting. She said the government plans to bring both sides to the table in the near future to try to work out an agreement.

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Non-indigenous hunters are banned from hunting at night. Indigenous hunters are allowed — supported by a Supreme Court of Canada ruling — subject to safety restrictions.

Lathlin said hunting has a long-standing and revered place in indigenous culture, as does sharing the proceeds with the community. For indigenous people, hunting is about livelihood, not sport, she said.

At a time when Canada is supposed to be working toward reconciliation with First Nations, Pallister’s comments perpetuate a negative stereotype, Lathlin suggested.

“Here I am, an aboriginal woman raising my daughters to feel pride within our culture, and yet we have the leader of Manitoba taking a step backwards in regards to who we are as people. What kind of leadership is that?”

Niigaan Sinclair, head of the native studies department at the University of Manitoba, issued a written invitation to Pallister.

“It’s evident … you don’t have a clear understanding of indigenous cultures, histories, or communities in Manitoba, treaties and the relationships we share here, or how indigenous and non-indigenous peoples can live alongside one another respectfully, mutually beneficially, and legally,” he wrote.

“I therefore offer for you to come to the University of Manitoba and our Department of Native Studies to receive the education you clearly need to make competent decisions that effect the lives of all Manitobans.

“You must learn to stop your perpetuation of ignorant, factually incorrect, and divisive statements that draw on stereotypes and incite anger and violence if for nothing else than for the benefit of our home.”


 
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Pallister should apologize for ‘race war’ comment, says NDP

  1. “This is a poor practice. A dumb practice … It should stop.”

    Right Brian, and how about the poor practice of a premier flying the province by wire from thousands of miles away? The view from high places, far away, is damned different from how things look down on the ground at home. You should visit some time. Do you know what a plutocrat is!

  2. Kinew and Fontaine and the opposition have called on Pallister to make a public apology. Well, well, well, yet Eric Robinson, the NDPMP , made racist degrading remarks against Whites (which Pallister has NOT done to the Indigenous), yet NO ONE demanded that he apologize to the Whites!! No one called the MP Eric Robinson(NDP) a racist when he was degrading Whites!!! Does anyone remember that? Now THAT is RACIST AND DISGUSTING coming from a government MP!! Hypocritical Indigenous like Eric, Kinew, Fontaine etc really are NOT to be trusted or have respect for if they only want things one way – their way and yell racism every time they turn around!! “Why should Premier Pallister apologize to the Aboriginal community for the truth that he spoke? It is not what Pallister or other Canadians have to say, it is what some of the Aboriginals & their chiefs are doing to create hard feelings!!
    Thank God we have a Premier in Manitoba who is truthful and honest while telling it like it is — forgoing political correctness at the risk of being called a racist and saying what most Canadians feel and know — I, for one, am with him on this one!! Seems there is one law for them and to their favor!! Premier Pallister has the safety concerns of people in mind. Do the Aboriginals who are raising cain care about the safety of people, animals, pets etc or are they so consumed with having their way, being racist and unfairly and inhumanely night/spot lighting/hunting poor wildlife at anytime whether they are in calf, calving or have little ones by their side??????
    Everyone has the right to meat (hopefully during the season only), to follow the law and be safe from being shot in their yard or sleep!! The Aboriginal claim “traditions”, claim that they are caretakers of Mother Earth yet they randomly kill animals by shining a light in their eye, blinding them to incapacitation, unable to move!! An unfair, inhumane, abusive practice!! Ever see a deer or moose on the highway caught in the headlights of a car?? Same difference.!! Inhumane, totally inhumane, brutal and cruel, yet Aboriginals believe they should be able to do that in and out of season, day or night. And then there is the matter of trespassing illegally on private property and I cannot repeat enough, how domestic animals, pets, houses, barns, vehicles and even people have been shot!! The practice has to stop, one person has already been killed because of this dumb, insane, inhumane practice!!! I do NOT believe that the Aboriginals who do this and jump on the “racist” bandwagon while being racist and hating on Whites deserve respect or consideration for this practice or calling anyone a racist!! I lost a cow once and have had a bullet imbedded in my house. it could have been one of my kids!!! The selfishness and the determination that the Aboriginals have to continue this practice is what is racist, cruel, divisive, and making people afraid for their families and their own safety, even causing a race war and mistrust!! !! This is causing more resentment, distance and division for the people who are not Aboriginal towards the Aboriginals because we have own problems, missing and murdered loved ones, children and grandchildren that they have to take care of and are just as susceptible to mental health problems, suicide, drugs, getting into trouble with the law etc!!!! I, for one, tired of being held hostage as my moneys are, and “expected” even demanded to listen, learn, understand, help, fix!! What makes the Aboriginals think that they deserve more attention or priority than anyone else?? Yes, they are creating the division AND a race war!! Reconciliation takes two parties, so the Aboriginals can do their part too!!
    Kinew said of the premier; “!! “For non-indigenous Canadians (we are NOT Non anything — just not Aboriginal – being called non is just wrong), reconciliation begins with listening and learning.” Why JUST people who are not Indigenous?? We have this and many other subjects rammed down our throats daily while being blamed etc etc etc!! We have listened, learned, studied, worked and lived with now it is high time those who are not “Canadians” (Aboriginals who do not want to be called Canadians) take responsibility in listening, learning and fixing many situations as many people who are not Aboriginal have to!! Facing the “TRUTH” would be a good start!! Without that there is no reconciliation especially when all we hear is whining, blame, poor me, I have rights and demands!! This is causing more resentment, distance and division for the people who are not Aboriginal towards the Aboriginals because we have own problems, missing and murdered loved ones, children and grandchildren that they have to take care of and are just as susceptible to mental health problems, suicide, drugs, getting into trouble with the law etc!!!
    He also said Pallister needs to take sensitivity training. Actually Kinew and Fontaine and other Aboriginals need to take sensitivity training and training/education in anti racism AND owe Canadians an apology and either join Canada and face the Truth because without it there will be NO reconciliation.
    And it is about time the truth came out and people weren’t afraid to speak up for fear of retaliation and being called a racist by many Indigenous. There are many good law abiding honest Indigenous but they have poor leaders who want to “bring Canada to its knees” and keep the truth hidden. I have over 60 years of truth to tell and I am No racist. I have been telling the truth because of my work & life experience for the last four years and have been called a racist, had threats and nasty words thrown at me but now I don’t care because the truth has to be told even about the residential schools!! Politically correctness has never been utilized by some Indigenous, just read YouTube and other media and you will probably know what I mean!! Night/spotlighting is wrong on so many counts by any hunter no matter who they are and it isn’t just Indigenous but those are the ones who are doing it ALL year round!
    Just my take!!!!

  3. Niigaan Sinclair, head of the native studies department at the University of Manitoba, issued a written invitation to Pallister.
    “It’s evident … you don’t have a clear understanding of indigenous cultures, histories, or communities in Manitoba, treaties and the relationships we share here, or how indigenous and non-indigenous peoples can live alongside one another respectfully, mutually beneficially, and legally,” he wrote.
    “I therefore offer for you to come to the University of Manitoba and our Department of Native Studies to receive the education you clearly need to make competent decisions that effect the lives of all Manitobans.
    “You must learn to stop your perpetuation of ignorant, factually incorrect, and divisive statements that draw on stereotypes and incite anger and violence if for nothing else than for the benefit of our home.”

    Sinclair needs to look in the mirror and even be an influence on the Aboriginals and stop their perpetuation of ignorant, factually incorrect, racist, and divisive statements that draw on stereotypes and incite anger and violence if for nothing else than for the benefit of Aboriginals. There are plenty of incorrect facts and racism issues coming at the Whites from some Aboriginals especially their leaders who enlarge the division. Just wonder if he and many of his “people” ate Whiteophobics?? Or are just plain ignorant and hateful???