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Aboriginal Leader Demands Apology for Racist Comments

December 18, 2012 11:59 AM | News

By Sarah Klein

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak

Manitoba’s top aboriginal leader has cancelled a meeting with the Progressive Conservatives over racist comments its youth leader made last week.

Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs demanded a public apology from PC leader Brian Pallister on Tuesday following comments made by the party’s former youth leader, Braydon Mazurkiewich, last Friday.

Mazurkiewich’s comments on his Facebook page were sparked by the federal government ruling in favour of First Nations over the Kapyong Barracks land in southwest Winnipeg.

In his open letter to Pallister, Nepinak said the ousting of its former youth leader was done only in political correctness. He went on to say that racism “seems to be alive and well in your political party.”

Nepinak hopes to meet with Pallister to discuss the issue following a public apology.