Turpel-Lafond ‘satisfied’ with identity, past work

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The Canadian Press

Posted March 9, 2023 9:03 pm

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Former choose Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond says she’s happy in her “past work, identification and self-worth” after the British Columbia Civil Liberties Affiliation revoked an award as a result of it believed she falsified her claims of Indigenous identification.

Turpel-Lafond says in her most expansive remarks since questions on her heritage had been raised final yr that it’s “liberating” to be freed of honours.

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She says in an e-mail she has “no emotional attachment to titles,” however she’s stunned that the affiliation rescinded the 2020 Reg Robson Award with out “primary equity,” reminiscent of permitting her a possibility to be heard.

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The previous regulation professor and B.C. consultant for youngsters and youth, whose declare of Cree heritage was questioned by a CBC report final October, says “trial by media is rampant,” and it’s how “wrongful convictions and injustice” occur.

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BC Civil Liberties Affiliation revokes award granted to Mary Ellen Turpel Lafond

The civil liberties affiliation says info got here to mild demonstrating that, in its board’s view, Turpel-Lafond had falsified her heritage declare, and sure skilled and educational accomplishments had additionally been disproven or referred to as into query.

Its assertion says it should comply with the lead of Indigenous students, leaders and organizations, together with the Indigenous Girls’s Collective, which is demanding that each one honorary levels and awards conferred on her be revoked.

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