Drunk Indian Myth Surfaces

The drunken Indian stereotype was revived, then debunked, in the space of a few online hours Wednesday after a remote northern Manitoba fishing lodge blundered into one of Canada’s most tenacious myths.

Local and national aboriginal leaders, many of whom weighed in online, say it’s a myth perpetuated even by the well-meaning, one based on no science that infantilizes indigenous people.

“The tone of this program guide is not only paternalistic but disrespectful of the very people whose generosity and gifts of territory make this business possible,” said University of Manitoba native studies Prof. Niigaanwewidam Sinclair. “One hopes that the owners of this lodge read up on some history and science instead of relying on outdated and ignorant falsehoods to forge relationships with their employees and neighbours.” More>>>

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