Native studies professor seeks meeting with Morris editor over controversial remarks in newspaper
Published Tuesday, January 22, 2013 3:54PM CST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 22, 2013 6:53PM CST
Niigaan Sinclair headed out to Morris, Man. Tuesday to try and meet with the editor of the Morris Mirror, after the paper sparked a controversy recently over comments published about aboriginal people.
Sinclair is a University of Manitoba Native Studies professor.
The editor had said he didn't want to meet with the professor, but Sinclair had told him he was coming anyway, to offer a meal and to talk.
Sinclair stood outside the newspaper waiting for the editor to show up.
“Where this begins is sitting down and talking about our future and talking at a table,” said Sinclair.
“I'm not here to change any opinions or infringe on anyone's free speech, but I am here to share who I am,” said Sinclair.
He said he wanted to discuss aboriginal issues in light of a recent editorial in the paper that some people found racist.
The paper’s editor never showed up Tuesday, but Sinclair did speak with many residents, including the mayor and school principal, about moving forward with education on the issue.