Grand Chief drops charges against Winnipeg teacher

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs drops charges against Winnipeg teacher for Facebook comments. Global News

WINNIPEG — Charges against a high school teacher who made offensive comments on Facebook about indigenous people, have been dropped.

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak said Tuesday he received an apology from Brad Badiuk during a meditation ceremony the two attended held by an elder.

“We employed some traditional ceremonial methodology in terms of sitting down and resolving the issue,” Nepinak said.

In December 2014, Badiuk was placed on leave from his position as a technology teacher at Kelvin High School, after he accused First Nations people of being lazy and looking for free money.

Nepinak filed a statement of claim that alleged the comments defamed all indigenous persons.

The Winnipeg School Division has not released any details on how it dealt with Badiuk in the past, citing privacy concerns.

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Attempts to reach Badiuk were unsuccessful. His Facebook page was taken down soon after the comments came to light.

With files from the Canadian Press

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