Ignorance driving racism against First Nations after blockades: minister

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OTTAWA — The federal cabinet minister for diversity, inclusion and youth says racism targeted at Indigenous people in the wake of national anti-pipeline protests is “horrible.”

Bardish Chagger says people advocating for violence against First Nations people as a response to recent blockades are coming at the issue from a place of ignorance.

She says too many Canadians have not been taught enough about Indigenous history and rights.

Chagger made the comments at an announcement promoting a government fund supporting LGBTQ community groups.

Jade Byard Peek, director of advocacy for the Ottawa group hosting today’s announcement, says anti-Indigenous sentiment is spreading.

She says it’s not just up to the government to address it, and all Canadians must speak up in support of Indigenous rights.