Saskatchewan First Nation outraged as video game depicts legendary leader

A First Nation in Saskatchewan is considering legal action against a California video game company over the forthcoming release of Civilization VI, a game in which people can play at colonialism and imperial expansion, but as an Indian character.

It is a new twist on the debate about Indigenous cultural appropriation, which is typically focused on visual representations like head-dresses, not political behaviour.

The new instalment of the game Civilization, due out next month, includes a main plot line about the Plains Cree, under the leadership of Chief Poundmaker, in which players advance by developing trade routes, building infrastructure, forging alliances, and other elements of statecraft.

Well this is a new way to be offended, I’ll give them credit for that.