Councillor may not be indigenous after all

Verdun councillor Marie-Josée Parent was lauded in 2017 as the city’s first indigenous elected representative, and a year later was given the city’s reconciliation portfolio. But she’s stepped down from that position now that genealogists have queried her having any indigenous ancestry at all.

Although Parent has apparently done some admirable work in advocacy for native people, one of the genealogists is accusing her of cultural appropriation and theft. As the CBC piece notes, a lot of Canadians (Americans too, from what I’ve seen) have a family tradition of indigenous ancestry which might not hold up to scrutiny. Parent was very likely acting in good faith.