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1 Freep commenter brings up a good question on Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:07 pm

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http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/fire-staff-for-racist-email-chief-102607969.html

@Daff
"I HATE when people call them/him/us Indians"

Hey Daff, this brings up a point, that I've wondered about. I'm white, and I wonder, if I'm speaking to you or some other person who appears to be aboriginal, and in particular, if we are talking about issues related to the aboriginal population, what DO you prefer to be called?

Seriously, I mean I never know what to say. Do you want to be called First Nations, or Aboriginal, or what? when being spoken of as a "people". Not intending any sarcasm here. Just curious if there is a preference. I imagine that since there are many different peoples, among the First Nations, that there could be many different answers to the question. But I'm just curious, what could a white person call a Native, which would generally NOT cause any offence?



Would calling them FN people suffice one wonders?


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2 Re: Freep commenter brings up a good question on Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:18 am

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I take issue with being called "white". I wonder how well a movement would go if it was announced that "white or "whitey" was offensive? I'm guessing the new term would then become "F'n whitey" - and with a smile. Then we should change - whatever the new tag is - every few years and demand that people keep up with the times. This is the kind of nonsense that happens when simply exisiting becomes an industry.

3 Re: Freep commenter brings up a good question on Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:31 am

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I too am offended when called whitey. Especially when I'm pinkish. But then I would be offended being called pinkey. So, let's stop calling people out by their colour and start calling them out by their value to society.

I am a "tax-paying-contributing-member-of-society". A TPCMOS.


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4 Re: Freep commenter brings up a good question on Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:58 pm

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Jondo wrote:I take issue with being called "white".


grumpy old dude wrote:I too am offended when called whitey. Especially when I'm pinkish.

I am definitely Cedar Scent #4071P Northern Paint but am okay with pinky-beige.



5 Re: Freep commenter brings up a good question on Sat Sep 11, 2010 1:29 pm

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How about we cover all bases with "tax-payer" and "tax-recipient"?

6 Re: Freep commenter brings up a good question on Sat Sep 11, 2010 4:53 pm

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I use the term "aboriginal".

Calling them "native" is offensive, as it implies that the rest of us aren't native to Canada. I was born in Canada, as were my parents and grandparents and great-grandparents. I'm 100% native Canadian.

The term "First Nations" is revisionist history based on wishful thinking. The closest thing to a nation was the Iroquois League, and that was a loose association of tribes.

7 Re: Freep commenter brings up a good question on Sat Sep 11, 2010 5:32 pm

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I call indians "Indians".

I believe that that is what they call each other. It's not a detrgatory term and I don't believe indians are offended by the term.

Besides, I think the reporter got sucked into a dumbass rookie-mistake question.

The indian dude he was speaking to, hopefully, answered that he wanted to be called "Sir".

8 Re: Freep commenter brings up a good question on Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:03 pm

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It would be nice to categorize! sober/ not sober? white/ not white? Jew/not jew?
Can we get into any trouble? jerk/not jerk

wow this could be something new to make people more friendly!
friendly/not friendly?
DeanK/ not DeanK?


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9 Re: Freep commenter brings up a good question on Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:09 pm

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Indians are from India.

10 Re: Freep commenter brings up a good question on Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:09 pm

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oh wait so you mean we can just call those guys with darker skin who have lived here longers.. Canadians!?!?!

what a concept! lets get someone on that .


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11 Re: Freep commenter brings up a good question on Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:14 pm

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Who started one of those Canadians on fire in the North End on friday night?


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12 Re: Freep commenter brings up a good question on Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:34 pm

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Woman hospitalized after group attack in park
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/Woman-beaten-by-group-sexually-assaulted-in-innerPolice have arrested several people after a woman was attacked and undressed in an inner-city park early Saturday morning.
The 34-year-old victim was walking through a park near Notre Dame Avenue and Sherbrook Street around 12:30 Saturday morning when she was approached by a group of males and females, police said.-city-park-102694569.html


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13 Re: Freep commenter brings up a good question on Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:41 am

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eViL tRoLl wrote:Indians are from India.


Some call those East Indians or now Indos.

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