‘Incredibly toxic’: More Indigenous women share stories of racism in the federal bureaucracy – APTN News

‘Incredibly toxic’: More Indigenous women share stories of racism in the federal bureaucracy – APTN News

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May 04, 2021

Warning: This story contains graphic language and discusses suicide

The gaslighting and casual racism of Karin Moen’s workplace had become so distressing that she thought about killing herself in her building lobby at 10 Wellington Street in Gatineau, Que.

These thoughts followed her like a shadow for 18 months. After she typed up a suicide note on her desktop computer, Moen realized she needed help.

“That day I went to the doctor. I went on stress leave for two or three weeks and then came back. A few months later, I left the department altogether,” she said, adding that she still has the letter. “I don’t know why I kept it — but I kept it. I was reading through it the other day.”

She found it hard to read. A pattern of bullying, institutional gaslighting and systemic racism had led to anger, frustration and confusion. These emotions quietly gnawed away at her confidence and sense of self-worth.

Read More: https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/incredibly-toxic-more-indigenous-women-share-stories-of-racism-in-the-federal-bureaucracy/

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