A poster from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada urging natives to sign up for their Indian Status card triggered progressives who slammed it in social media for the crimes of “cultural appropriation” and stereotyping.
The focus of the outrage is model Neegann Aaswasskshin, who was accused of channelling the likeness of Disney’s Pocahontas because she’s wearing a turquoise necklace.
But it turns out, the social media misfits wrongly jumped to conclusions.
Neegann herself is Native American, and in addition to being beautiful, she’s a very accomplished lawyer who has worked on Indigenous policy with many organizations and governments.
In other words, she’s a superb role model and someone who would never take part in a campaign mocking First Nations culture.
The clothes and jewelry she wore in the ad were all her own and she was just being herself, but for this, she suffered hurtful comments from trolls.
In typical gutless bureaucratic fashion, Indigenous and Northern Affairs waved the white flag of surrender and yanked the poster rather than stand up to social media malcontents.
No doubt they’ll spend more on a new non-offensive poster and squander funds that could be better spent on actual Indigenous causes.