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The West Block
June 27 2021 11:00am

Bennett tweet ‘reflective of an overall governmental culture of colonialism’: Cindy Blackstock

In an interview on this week’s edition of ‘The West Block’ host Mercedes Stephenson speaks with the executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society Cindy Blackstock about how the country can heal after the recent discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves on the site of former indigenous residential schools. Stephenson also asks Blackstock about a controversial tweet from Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett — on Thursday morning, Jody Wilson-Raybould tweeted a screenshot of a text message that Bennett sent her, in which Bennett asked: “Pension?”. “I think what it’s really reflective of is an overall governmental culture of colonialism, this idea that they know better than us; that somehow we are the savages and we’re all just out for the money. I found that remark by the by the Crown Indigenous Services Minister Carolyn Bennett, to be completely inappropriate,” says Blackstock.

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