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Earlier this week, Veldon Coburn ignited a firestorm in Ottawa when he outed a senior police officer for making racist comments.
The comments were linked to the death of Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook.
The officer made a number of disparaging comments about Indigenous people including:
“It’s not a murder case….it’s could be a suicide, accidental, she got drunk and fell in the river and drowned who knows…..typically many Aboriginals have very short lifespans, talent or not.
“Because much of the aboriginal population in Canada is just satisfied being alcohol or drug abusers, living in poor conditions etc.” They have to have the will to change, it’s not society’s fault.”
According to Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau, the officer is still working. ‘
Coburn took his concerns to the chief of police.