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…

  • ontario john

    And what about the poor indians that had to leave the comfortable lodges to murder and enslave white settlers?

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      That must never be acknowledged

      • Frau Katze

        This is insane. Lacking any other minorities to carry on about in Victoria (the others are either too few or too successful) I had no idea our city council was acting like such idiots.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          I’m sure they did not intend for you to notice.

          • Frau Katze

            It’s infuriating!

        • Alain

          Actually they are pretty much the norm nowadays in Canada, which is why we shouldn’t be surprised when the Indians take them at their word. They are all too bloody stupid to understand that these silly statements have consequences.

  • ntt1

    we had that histrionic nonsense at one of our meet the candidates affairs it was started by a marxist NDP candidate who is an immigrant from venezuala ! . I stood and asked all candidates why then where taxes being collected? why have this meeting? how many generations removed can a claimant be and how pure the blood?

    • Barry the Black Panther

      You are undoubtedly their fav. How dare you ask questions and think, sheesh. Kudos !

    • Frau Katze

      Venezuela? Could be anything from 100% European to 100% native, with lots of other possibilities in between. Marxist says it all, though.

      • ntt1

        she was a creola from spanish parentage ,and therefore part of the ruling cl;ass who treat the indians rather badly down there

  • simus1

    Liberals/Red Fascists are tired of the rough and tumble of democracy. Once the supreme court is packed with their peers, the L/RF controlled first nations front groups will take over everything in Canada worth stealing. The L/RF will rule everyone from behind the curtains minus silly things like elections which feature more than one party.

    • Pete_Brewster

      Haven’t you noticed? They already do that.

  • Maggat

    Rae’s cartoon often don’t do much for me, but, this one is good and to the point. Anybody that could possibly take offense or call it racist is a bloody asshole.

    • Frau Katze

      He’s likely making a dig at animal rights activists.

  • Linda1000

    The bugs … typical environmental loons and B.C. wet coast, more than any other province is full of them, inter-changeable with California I think. Reminds me of the activists in Nebraska a couple of years ago insisting that a pipeline of about 36 inches in diameter which hadn’t even been built yet had to be moved to preserve some type of burying beetle.

    • Frau Katze

      Right. Nothing to do with natives at all.

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  • Rosenmops

    There is a pile of rocks, a so-called “indigenous sculpture” , that was installed along with the new law school in Kamloops.

    It is a “territorial marker” to claim the land as belonging to natives. The law school is really into giving the whole of Canada away to Indian bands, apparently.