Kainai Nation hopes to meet with Alberta Health officials to discuss “rabid squaw” text from bureaucrat

The principal at a school on the Kainai Nation in Alberta said she hoped the bureaucrat who sent a racist text would have taken the time to get to know her before firing off a message that was sent.

Tamara Pimentel
APTN National News

The principal at a school on the Kainai Nation in Alberta said she hoped the bureaucrat who sent a racist text would have taken the time to get to know her before firing off a message that was sent.

Ramona Big Head was taking part in a training exercise with Alberta Health officials when she received a text that had the term “rabid squaw” in it.

“I felt sick to my stomach when I heard the terminology that was used,” said Big Head.

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Tamara is Métis from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received a diploma in interactive media arts at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon and has worked as a videographer for CBC in Winnipeg and Iqaluit. Tamara was hired by APTN in 2016 as a camera/editor and is now a video journalist in our Calgary bureau.

7 thoughts on “Kainai Nation hopes to meet with Alberta Health officials to discuss “rabid squaw” text from bureaucrat

  1. Incredibly ignorant, racist and hurtful comment. And she’s a government bureaucrat. She should definitely be reprimanded, suspended and/or fired. It’s verbal abuse and considered a hate crime.

  2. Why fire someone over a mistake? Yes, they were in the wrong, but why can’t we forgive, educate, and move on? People are too quick to be like the queen of hearts and demand people heads be chopped off rather than be forgiving and making allowances for human error.

    1. and Let discrimination live on? Get with it…Enough of the stereotyping of Natives… We are only human like the rest of the cruel world!!

  3. Wow! Classy language lady. We’re all human beings except for our skin color. What’s wrong with people?

  4. Isn’t Administrative leave time off with pay? Why pay them if they need to be either fired or suspended? And NOT suspended with pay “upon investigation.” I’m tired of the way the Indigineous peoples of this nation are treated.

  5. That person should have gotten fired, not on administrative leave! She also needs to get training herself cause apparently she lacks people skills and needs to find another job.

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