MONTREAL – Quebec’s native affairs minister is being criticized for making a joke about the stereotypical term “Indian time.”
Geoffrey Kelley used the words at a news conference Thursday regarding a long-awaited bill recognizing indigenous customs related to adopting children.
Kelley said some people use the term to refer to something that takes a long time and added that in the case of the adoption bill, one could also refer to government time.
Cree health spokeswoman Bella Moses Petawabano corrected Kelley a few minutes later by saying the true meaning of Indian time is to get things done within a set time frame.
A reporter pounced on Kelley’s comment and asked whether the minister was clumsy to use such a term at a news conference.
He replied his comments were meant in jest.