Quebec native affairs minister criticized for using term ‘Indian time’ – cp
Source: The Canadian Press
Oct 6, 2016
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 today 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.
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