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CSIS being racist once again

November 30th, 2008     by Jessica Yee     Comments

I couldn’t think of a better title to adequately demonstrate my disdain at having to write about this.

Not that I didn’t know this was happening or am at all surprised that the news is finally surfacing. Mostly I’m just still angry and using my sarcasm here to move through these feelings.

As reported in the Globe and Mail:

“Over the past 18 months, CSIS [Canadian Security & Intelligence Service] agents have approached several people with ties to the Kahnawa:ke Mohawk reserve south of Montreal and invited them to clandestine meetings. According to the Mohawks who spoke to CSIS, the spies wanted information on native groups leading blockades in Ontario and were trying to assess the strength of political and religious factions within Mohawk communities. The spies said they did similar work in native communities across the country, raising the possibility that dozens of aboriginal groups are being assessed as potential threats to Canada’s national security.”

My favourite part? Two things. Apparently the former CSIS director Reid Morden said he was “surprised to hear the spy agency is targeting natives”.

Yeah. Right.

Oh, and they were “dissapointed” to find out that Thomas Deer, a graphic design artist from Kahnawa:ke, didn’t know Shawn Brant from Tyendinaga, since he apparently contributes stuff to Indigenous sovereignty-seeking websites.

For real? Like we all send smoke signals the other way to find out what’s going on with each other? There’s over a million of us in Canada alone!

Oh, ignorant racism. When will you ever go away?

Tags: news flash, race and racism

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