4 federal candidates accused of Indigenous identity appropriation by Halifax academic – CBC

by ahnationtalk on October 10, 2019252 Views

Darryl Leroux says several candidates identifying as Indigenous base their claims on a long-ago ancestor

Oct 10, 2019

A Halifax academic is questioning the claims of Indigenous identity by several federal election candidates.

Darryl Leroux, an associate professor of social justice and communities studies at Saint Mary’s University, says at least four federal candidates from the Liberal, Conservative and Green parties have made dubious claims of Indigenous identity.

Leroux, who recently published a book called Distorted Descent: White Claims to Indigenous Identity, said all four claims seem to cling to the largely discredited idea that having one Indigenous ancestor somewhere in the past can bestow someone with an Indigenous identity.

“This idea that all you need is a long-ago blood connection — there is a consensus in Indigenous studies, as theorized and thought through by Indigenous scholars, that this is not acceptable,” said Leroux.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/federal-candidates-claims-indigenous-identity-1.5314614

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