Saturday, September 20, 2014
Text Size

Winnipeg mayoral candidate faces racism during campaign

CBC News

Winnipeg mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette is exposing the racism he's faced so far in his campaign.

Ouellette, 37, spoke entirely in French at the Francophone Chamber of Commerce mayoral debate in St. Boniface last week.

Not long afterwards, racist comments were posted online on Ouellette's Facebook page, first about his decision to speak French then about his aboriginal heritage. He also received hateful emails.

The comments ranged from "you are lower-class" to angry obscenities about Indians and French people.

Ouellette, the program director for the Aboriginal Focus Programs at the University of Manitoba, said instead of turning the other cheek he's talking about it to expose what's out there.

"You know, I have my PhD, two masters degrees a bachelors degree. I was in the army for 18 years and no matter it seems what I do, for some people it's never enough," he said.

"What courses through my veins will never be enough for some people."

Ouellette said he decided to speak French at the debate because he could, and to honour the fact he was in St. Boniface.

To demonstrate respect, one should be using the language of the group hosting you, if you have the capacity, he said.

“Winnipeggers from across our city take pride in our country’s vibrant French culture," Ouellette said.

"French is not only the founding language of our province, but also one of our two national languages, spoken by 13 per cent of the population in Winnipeg and central to our identity as a creative, diverse and successful society."

The reaction to the mayoral debates "demonstrates that we still have ways to go to creating a completely inclusive and respectful society," Ouellette added, saying the comments represent a very small vocal minority that must be challenged every day.

Whatever Trevor

Dis is Trevor.

Education & Training

Blast from the past: FP archive

When is Consultation, Consultation?

Ovide Mercredi

National Chief – AFN

During a Treaty Roundtable meeting of the Alberta Chiefs, I took note of a federal government document outlining their strategy to define and ultimately impose their own form of self-government. Read more...

Letting go of residential schools

by Gilbert Oskaboose, Nov 1993 First Perspective

There is a lot of "unfinished business" in Indian Country. Garbage that we as a people have never really dealt with. Chief among them is the whole issue of those infamous residential schools and their impact on people. Read more...

OBIDIAH

obidiah picture

ANALYSIS - Bill Gallagher

gallagher picture

Under the Northern Sky by Xavier Kataquapit

Under the Northern Sky by Xavier Kataquapit

JOBS

Regional Media Officer– Temp (Until Nov 2015) –F/T Position

Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition / NDP Research Office

Location:131 Queen Street, Suite 10-02, Ottawa, ON

Responsibilities

Communicate regularly with regional media outlets (community newspapers, radio stations, student media, ethnic media, etc.) to propose ideas for interviews and opinion content Read more...

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Aboriginal Workforce Report

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce released a report that highlights initiatives to improve the workforce participation of Aboriginal peoples. 

Opportunity Found: Improving the Participation of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada’s Workforce (December 2013)  

click image to download report

Tue Sep 23 @ 3:00PM - 04:15PM
FNHMA National Conference 2014
Sun Oct 05 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
INIHKD & Manitoba NEAHR Conference 2014

EVENTS

September 2014
S M T W T F S
31 1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 1 2 3 4
imageimageimageimage
cartoonscartoonscartoonscartoons

Current Video

RIP Percy Tuesday

 

Thanks to Althea Guiboche for allowing The First Perspective to share her video taken at the Manitowapow book launch at McNally Robinson. 

Percey sings Freddy Fender's "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" and people join in to harmonize. 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): The Washington Redskins