Winnipeg’s mayor choked back tears as he began to address the media today about claims by Maclean’s magazine that his city is the most racist in Canada.
“My wife is Ukrainian. I am Métis. I want my boys to be as proud of both those family lines — to be proud of Winnipeg, to be proud of who you are,” he said, surrounded in the city hall foyer by prominent community leaders.
“We have come together to face this head-on as a community,” Bowman said, noting that Winnipeg exists on what is traditional Treaty One territory
Welcome to Winnipeg: Where Canada’s racism problem is at its worst
“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. Just standing with their hand out. Get to work, tear the treaties and shut the FK up already. Why am I on the hook for their cultural support?”
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 McLuhan to Izzy Asper, Fred Penner and Neil Young.