Canada: Manitoba chiefs want teacher Brad Badiuk fired for ‘hateful’ comments

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs are demanding the “immediate termination” of Winnipeg high school teacher Brad Badiuk for controversial comments that were posted on social media earlier this month.

Badiuk posted remarks on Facebook about First Nations people in general, and specifically mentioned AMC Grand Chief Derek Nepinak…

…The controversy started when another teacher posted an article on her Facebook page about John Ralston Saul’s book, The Comeback, which contends that repairing the relationship between First Nations peoples and the rest of Canada is a pressing issue.

In response, Badiuk put these posts (taken verbatim) on Facebook, “Oh Goddd how long are aboriginal people going to use what happened as a crutch to suck more money out of Canadians? The benefits the aboriginals enjoy from the white man/europeans far outweigh any wrong doings that were done to a concured people.”

Another line read, “Get to work, tear the treaties and shut the FKup already. My ancestor migrated here early 1900’s they didn’t do anything. Why am I on the hook for their cultural support?”

About Nepinak, Badiuk wrote: “He wears feathers on his head and calls himself the Grand Chief. You see he had an idea. Indians have no money. You have money. So he could get his hands on your money, that would solve the problem of indians without money”…

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