The Manitoba capital is deeply divided along ethnic lines.
It manifestly does not provide equal opportunity for Aboriginals.
She called for an inquiry to help explain why so many indigenous girls and women are being murdered in Winnipeg, and elsewhere in Canada.
Badiuk’s comments came while the city was still reeling from the murder of Tina Fontaine, a 15-year-old child from the Sagkeeng First Nation who was wrapped in plastic and tossed into the Red River after being sexually exploited in the city’s core.
They came after Nunavummiuq musician Tanya Tagaq, last year’s Polaris Music Prize winner, who complained that while out to lunch in downtown Winnipeg where she was performing with the city’s ballet this fall, “a man started following me calling me a ‘sexy little Indian’ and asking to f–k.” They came the very week an inquest issued its findings in the death of Brian Sinclair, an indigenous 45-year-old who died from an entirely treatable infection after being ignored for 34 hours in a city ER.
“Oh Goddd how long are aboriginal people going to use what happened as a crutch to suck more money out of Canadians?
” Winnipeg teacher Brad Badiuk wrote on Facebook last month.
“They have contributed NOTHING to the development of Canada. Get to work, tear the treaties and shut the FK up already. ” Another day in Winnipeg, another hateful screed against the city’s growing indigenous population.
This one from a teacher (now on unpaid leave) at Kelvin High School, long considered among the city’s progressive schools—alma mater to just about every Winipegger of note, from Marshall Mc Luhan to Izzy Asper, Fred Penner and Neil Young.
They came in the wake of a civic election dominated by race relations after a racist rant by a frontrunner’s wife went viral: “I’m really tired of getting harassed by the drunken native guys” downtown, Gord Steeves’s wife, Lori, wrote on Facebook.
“We all donate enough money to keep their sorry asses on welfare, so shut the f–k up and don’t ask me for another handout!