Indigenous identity fraud “the ultimate step in colonialism,” says Meti’s lawyer

Since Gray Owl a century ago, people of European descent have falsely claimed to be indigenous for personal enrichment or a sense of absolution, but a Metis legal expert says it would take a psychiatrist to try to answer the question ” Why?” to answer fully. Attorney Jean Teillet’s report examined the harm caused by Indigenous identity fraud, outlined red flags for detecting potential deception and suggested actions to prevent it.

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