Aboriginal shoppers racially profiled on East Coast

For some shopping is viewed as retail therapy.

APTN National News
For some shopping is retail therapy.

But for others it can be a disturbing ordeal.

As APTN’s Ossie Michelin explains Aboriginal shoppers keeping an eye out for good deals are finding others keeping an eye on them.

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Before moving to become the APTN News social media producer, Mark was the executive producer for the news in eastern Canada. Before starting with APTN in 2009, Mark worked at CBC Radio and Television in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ottawa.

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2 thoughts on “Aboriginal shoppers racially profiled on East Coast

  1. I’m a darker-skinned Metis woman. The first and only time I’ve been to Nova Scotia, and went into a Tim Hortons in a smaller town in Annapolis Valley, another patron standing in line turned to me and said, “Hey squaw”. I was shocked. It was the very first person I encountered, and I could just see it in the eyes of retail employees henceforth that they were distrusting of me. It’s a very disconcerting feeling. Makes me sad.

  2. Also happens here in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories! A lot of discrimination and “stereo-typing” of Aboriginal people – very very tiring to put up with. It is frustrating that in our own homeland we are treated to feel “bad” whereas I feel bad for people who are so uneducated about our local people even though they live, settle, and work on OUR land!

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