BC: Adrian Raeside cartoon in Times Colonist accused of being racist

unnamed-11Victoria city council starts each meeting by acknowledging it is on the traditional territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations. Cartoonist Adrian Raeside agrees with the acknowledgement, but says his cartoon was intended to criticize “lip service” being paid to First Nations.

An editorial cartoonist with Victoria newspaper The Times Colonist is apologizing after one of his cartoon came under fire for being racist.

The cartoon by Adrian Raeside depicts a city council meeting in Victoria, starting with acknowledging it’s being held on the traditional territories of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, which is standard practice at all Victoria city council meetings.

The trees that were cut down to build city hall, and any displaced wildlife are also acknowledged, and in the last frame, someone pipes up to say that the bugs trampled by construction workers also need acknowledgement…

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