Cree Saskatchewan senator apologizes for ‘white man’ comment directed at aboriginal MP

Lillian Dyck

LA RONGE, Sask. – Senator Lillian Dyck is apologizing for suggesting an aboriginal Conservative MP from northern Saskatchewan was behaving like a “white man” during a debate in the Senate earlier this month.

Dyck, who is also Cree and from Saskatchewan, says she was exasperated during discussions Dec. 9 on a private member’s bill from Rob Clarke to replace the Indian Act.

“That was kind of an off-the-cuff remark,” she said. “I was standing up speaking, and because I was so exasperated, I said that without really thinking it through,” she said.

She said she realizes the comment directed at Clarke as he tried to push through the bill insulted not only him, but also some others.

“It appears that I have unintentionally offended some men who self-identify as white and for that I apologize. Not all white men are boastful. That’s the comment I made about his behaviour when I used the term ‘white man.”‘

But Dyck also said she feels Clarke’s request for an apology is a “political manoeuvre”…

Some background: Lillian Eva Quan Dyck (born August 24, 1945) is a Canadian senator from Saskatchewan. She was appointed to the Senate on the recommendation of Prime Minister Paul Martin on March 24, 2005. Upon appointment, Dyck wished to sit as a New Democratic Party senator, but NDP spokesperson Karl Belanger immediately indicated that the party would not recognize her as a member of the NDP caucus: as the party platform specifically favours abolition of the Senate, it refused to confer legitimacy on the body by accepting Dyck; additionally, Dyck’s membership in the NDP was revealed to have lapsed… (Wiki).

On Clarke: Robert G. “Rob” Clarke (born March 2, 1967) is a politician and career Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer. He was the Conservative Party of Canada’s candidate in Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River for the March 17, 2008 federal by-election in which he defeated Liberal candidate Joan Beatty.

A member of the Muskeg Lake First Nation, he grew up in Quesnel, British Columbia. At the time of his election to the Canadian House of Commons he had been a member of the RCMP for 17 years, all of which have been spent in Saskatchewan, and has attained the rank of sergeant. (Wiki)

Delicious!  Leftist native accuses Conservative native of acting like a ‘white man’ (she must consider that to be serious insult).  

Note that she accepted the appointment as a senator even if it meant abandoning the NDP.   For non-Canadian readers: the Canadian Senate is unelected —and is heavily used for handing out political rewards to party hacks. It is controversial — so much so that the NDP (left of US Democrats, somewhat like UK Labour) wants to do away with it.

  • BillyHW

    Behaving like a white man?

    Was he discovering some new scientific principle? Did he find a cure for some debilitating disease? Was he designing some new wonderful technology and founding a new industry? Was he maybe just getting up in the morning to go to work at a humble job and pay taxes instead of drinking all day and collecting welfare? Was he composing another beautiful symphony? Or maybe it was that he was flying higher than an eagle in an airplane he first conceived in his imagination?

    Or perhaps he was playing golf on the effing moon.

  • Gaylord Ponce

    Self Identify as white???? You’re either white or you’re not. What’s with this self identify crap???

    • ntt1

      First they were preached at by missionaries now it is SJWs who fill their FAS brains full of this kind of nonsense. she should self identify as a goose and flock off.

    • Frau Katze

      He might be mixed, and could call himself either.

  • David

    The Cultural Equality of Man

    A Right-Winger Recants

    October 11, 2014

    Today I come before the public to bare my soul, confess the evil I have done, and make a clean breast. I will state my crimes as plainly as a drunkard at a recovery meeting, who says, “I am an alcoholic.” In honesty only is there surcease.

    My mea culpa: I have, for all my long life, thought some cultures superior to others. I was wrong, deeply wrong, perhaps unforgivably so. Cultures are all equal, as our great and reliable media, notably NPR and the New York Times, have told me.Cultures are just different, not better or worse. How can I have doubted it?

    The blame for my rests entirely with me. I will no longer attribute my error to those false gods of the Radical Right: observation, common sense, morality, and an inability to escape the obvious.

    For example, I find from Reuters:

    “BENI Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) – A crowd stoned to death a young man in northeast Congo on Friday before burning and eating his corpse, witnesses said, in apparent revenge for a series of attacks by Ugandan rebels.”

    Here we have (I now see) a case not of grotesque animalism, as I once would have said, but of cultural versatility. Moslems eat beef but not pork, Hindus eat pork but not beef, but Africans eat both, and each other. They are simply freer spirits, not constrained by dour Eurocentric conventionality. This dietary quirk may be an evolutionary adaption to life in a region afflicted by famine. There is nothing wrong with cannibalism. In it we simply see another way of looking at things.

    Congolese culture.

    I concede that my tendency to regard anthropophagy as barbaric was reprehensible Euro-supremacist bigotry. I recognize now that Congolese culture is as admirable as any other, such as Swiss. In penance, I will carry packets of garlic and other seasonings in case I am hit by a truck. If I cannot serve my fellow men, I can at least let them serve me.

    An essentially identical culture, differing only in unimportant details (Mission Control)

    As a Europhallocentric colonial male, or perhaps colonoheterophalloceuric supremacist, or fellowphallo hetero….well, one of those, I can never keep them straight, so to speak…I once worshiped at the shrine of cultural Mammon. Yes, I admit it. I pondered thousands of years of European history, of literature and philosophy and science, of mathematics and medicine, of politics—and thought them good. No. I am again evading. I thought them superior.

    I considered the slow progress of Europe toward approximations of democracy, the gradual realization that women were people and should study and work and do as they wished, and I thought these also superior. I erred. Sending a young woman to Swarthmore is no better than performing an enforced clitoridectomy without anesthetic and keeping her in compulsory ignorance. It is just different.

    Worse, I read of Chinese culture, and studied Chinese, and thought themmagnificent. Oh, ‘tis true. I was not content in my arrogance about my own civilization, but had to be vicariously arrogant about that of the Chinese. Their art, the writing that seemed almost alive on the page, appeared glorious to me—that is to say, superior. I could read their classics only in translation ( I tried, but what in God’s name is the character for “roe deer?”) but they seemed of highest quality. In my delusion, I thought Chinese culture—forgive, forgive me—actually better than wearing a loin cloth eating bugs.

    No. No. I was wrong. But the scales fell from my eyes. I now understand that dim ignorance, illiteracy, shiftlessness, stupidity, parasitism, uncontrolled violence, primitivism, frolic bastardy, and a habit of barbecuing each other are quite as noble as the polity of Tokyo. And who am I to say that stoning women to death for adultery is any worse than giving them a parking ticket?

    Bias is bias. Let us admit that a sub-basement of unreason underlies the cultural haughtiness of the Far Right. I now know this. For example, reprobates, Republicans, conservatives, and Klansmen have regarded the indigenes of Papua-New Guinea as stone-age primitives. No evidence existed for this slander, except that the natives were primitives and lived in the Stone Age. The Republican view was purely Europhallocolono or—oh hell, anyway it was bad.

    Hardly distinguishable from the Tang Dynasty

    In fact the indigenes lived simply, nobly, at one with Nature and cherished Her ways. They understood the Oneness of all things, their harmony with the crocodiles and marmosets of the ecosystem.

    It is an inescapable fact that no tribe in Borneo ever designed a Caterpillar D9 or built a mega mall. Nor do they use incandescent bulbs.

    How did I miss this for so many years?

    The BlueMosque. Note similiarity to an igloo.

    Note that a Euro-capitalist-hetero-and-so-on civilization uses needless complexity to opress nobler and simpler peoples by confusing them. But complexity is no virtue. I have read of a tribe living on the banks of the great, grey-green, greasy Limpopo, all set about with fever trees—OK, I stole that from Kipling, but he won’t notice—whose number system consisted of one, two, three, and “many, many.”

    How simple! How clear! How democratic, how accessible to the masses! Surely this is preferable to Euroheterosupremophallic etc. notions like computational fluid dynamics. All airplanes do is pollute the environment.

    In my uncharitable days I reflected that if we Eurowhatsits have a decimal system because we have ten fingers, then a one-two-three many-many system would suggest evolution from the three-toed sloth. There is no evidence for this. But the point here is that having fewer numbers is not inferior to having many of them, just different. When you have only a few, you get to know them better.

    Shameful Eurosupremacist, probably a bond trader, in guest quarters in Cuando Cubango, Angola. Pretty much like the Ritz-Carlton. Note mosquito-ports in walls, doubling efficiently as air-conditioning.

    Now I shall build me a house, of clay and wattles made, and lie iin it, reflecting on my new and welcome cultural humility.

    from Fred on everything

    • Surele Surele

      How clever!

    • Frau Katze

      Funny! Thanks.

  • kkruger71

    Sounds like she is more apologetic for calling a native a white man than she is for thinking the term white man is an insult.

  • cmh

    unfortunately derek nepinak was not there to defend the rcist comments…lol

  • barryjr

    Stupid chug, no wonder we have problems with racists like that in government.

  • ntt1

    I read there has been another attack on natives girls, this time a 6 year old was sexually assaulted and left naked bleeding and unconcious in the snow on a back road of the reserve. yet we are being pressured into calling a splendid fancy dress inquiry to try and foist blame on those darn white guys.

    • BillyHW

      It’s all our fault because we didn’t use every part of the buffalo.

  • Surele Surele

    Her last name is Dyck…

    • Frau Katze

      Odd, isn’t it?

      • Minicapt

        … Low German surname …


  • Minicapt

    She now appears to be an Indian giver …


  • Alain

    That was explicit racism, and it got a pass for the most part. Had a white senator made the same statement that someone was acting like an Indian there would have been no end to it. The irony is that she is wearing white man’s cloths, sitting in the white man’s government, receiving the white man’s money and that her whole lifestyle (food, heat, water, housing, etc.) is provided by the white man. She needs to get over herself.

    • ntt1

      massive cultural appropriation on her part