News

Governor General says he misspoke when he said indigenous people are immigrants

Governor General says he misspoke when he said indigenous people are immigrants
Canada
Governor General David Johnston says he misspoke over the weekend when, in a radio interview, he described Canada’s indigenous people as immigrants to Canada.

-

Listen

Governor General David Johnston says he misspoke over the weekend when, in a radio interview, he described Canada’s indigenous people as immigrants to Canada.

“I want to clarify a miscommunication. Our indigenous peoples are not immigrants. They are the original peoples of this land,” he wrote on Twitter Monday morning.

And I want to clarify a miscommunication. Our Indigenous peoples are not immigrants. They are the original peoples of this land.

He drew on a number of flattering adjectives, describing Canada as “smart and caring,” a country of people who “look beyond the individual to the collectivity” and believe life should be better for every generation.

He then said Canada is a country based on immigration “going right back to our quote indigenous people unquote who were immigrants as well, going back 10, 12, 14,000 years ago.”

The statement garnered considerable backlash online with some people saying Johnston failed to distinguish between immigration and migration, or immigration and settling.

"Quote, Indigenous people, unquote" is not something you want to hear from Canada s Governor General: pic.twitter.com/6xIbGysku1

That wasn t immigration, that was migration. It s a completely different fact with serious consequences for the rights of Indigenous people.

Is this the new history of Canada now? If your family has lived here for 13k years, you re Indigenous, not "immigrants". He should resign!

Canada: GG: Indigenous peoples immigrants? After how many millenia does a people cease to be "immigrant"???? Colonialism at work!!!! https://t.co/NmTzIa73QO
Read more on globalnews.ca
News Topics :
Similar Articles :
Top Stories
OTTAWA Governor General David Johnston apologized Monday after backlash erupted over his calling indigenous people immigrants on a recent radio show. Were a country based on immigration going right...
Top Stories
Gov. Gen. David Johnston apologized publicly Monday for referring to Indigenous Peoples as immigrants as he bestowed honours on 29 people including the frontman of the Tragically Hip...
Top Stories
OTTAWA—Gov. Gen. David Johnston apologized publicly Monday for referring to Indigenous people as immigrants as he bestowed honours on 29 people — including the frontman of the Tragically Hip —...
Top Stories
As such, it was surprising to see him the subject of online vitriol, the result of his use of the ill chosen word immigrants in relation to Canadas indigenous people. The...
Politics
Hours before he appointed 29 people, including Gord Downie, to the Order of Canada for outstanding indigenous leadership, he tweeted an explanation, calling his choice of words a “miscommunication.”...