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Singer Tanya Tagaq shares ‘creepy and scary’ incident in Winnipeg

Nunavut throat singer Tanya Tagaq. Handout

WINNIPEG – A prize-winning throat singer says she was sexually harassed and called “a sexy little Indian” while in Winnipeg.

Tanya Tagaq was in the city performing with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in a production about the legacy of Indian residential schools.

She says she was followed while out for lunch by a man who crudely propositioned her.

On her Twitter account, Tagaq says it was “creepy and scary.”

Using the hashtag for missing and murdered indigenous women, Tagaq says such harassment happens — quote — “when we are alone, in the day or night.”

The Inuk singer recently won the Polaris Music Prize after a performance that featured the names of some of Canada’s 1,200 missing and murdered aboriginal women.

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The award is given annually to the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit.

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