Racist e-mail draws aboriginal ire

Sept. 10, 2010 at 6:13 PM
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WASAGAMING, Manitoba, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Aboriginal leaders say they want two Parks Canada employees in Manitoba, already disciplined, terminated for circulating a racist joke via e-mail.

The allegedly vulgar e-mail message mocking aboriginal and black people was forwarded by one worker to a colleague who accidentally sent it to all 180 Parks Canada workers in the field unit at Riding Mountain National Park in western Manitoba, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday.

The second employee reported the incident to a supervisor.

"When I actually saw it, I was shocked and appalled that anything like this would go out," said Cheryl Penny, the field unit superintendent at the park. "This is not Parks Canada values. It is not our view. It is not a part of who we are."

Parks Canada says the two employees have been disciplined but Grand Chief Morris Swan Shannacappo of the Southern Chiefs Organization says the two should lose their jobs.

"I want to see termination. I want to be able to see these people fired. If any of my staff used the vulgar language that was used in this e-mail, I would fire them on the spot," Shannacappo said.

"That is not acceptable for any organization, especially in a federal department such as Parks Canada."

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