Today I’ve got a wild story to tell you. It’s a Covington Catholic high school style rush to judgement, Canuck style.
This story has many of the same elements as the Covington story - an online outrage mob, an unwarranted apology, death threats, and another side of the story that made the mob and the “apologencia” look stupid.
Oh, and of course, the story now has lawyers ready to sue the pants off people. All this and hockey, too!
A Facebook video surfaced this week of three members of the Fort McMurray Junior Oil Barons dancing around their dressing room to popular indigenous music. One player was pounding on the lid of a garbage can like a drum.
Cue the social justice freakout!
Cue the apologies.
The local Minor Hockey Association released a statement saying “FMMHA is devastated by the actions of members of the Midget A Team in their disrespectful video… Their actions are in no way indicative of our values or the values of any of our House League or Elite Stream Junior Oil Barons teams.”
Cue the death threats and doxxing.
And cue the other side of the story. All three boys dancing in that video are, in fact, indigenous themselves…
“On Wednesday, a statement from lawyer Dwayne Roth, who is also CEO of the McKay Métis Group, said the teens are all Indigenous. Roth was acting as a spokesperson for the family of Chris Hamelin, the team captain who was in the video and a member of McMurray Métis Local 1935.
‘The dance was intended as motivational and was reflective of Chris’ culture. It was in no way disrespectful of Indigenous culture,’ he said.
Roth added that Hamelin’s grandfather is “a respected Métis elder” named Joe Hamelin, and that the teen recently dyed his hair blonde to support a friend with cancer.”
Jumping to conclusions and being offended on behalf of people who aren’t, divides us.
But the outrage mob will never learn from their mistakes.