Wednesday, July 26, 2017

'It's getting out of hand': FSIN chief calls for tougher hate speech laws - CBC

by Jason Warick 
Originally published: July 25, 2017

The memory of Red Pheasant First Nation man Colten Boushie is motivating one of Canada's top First Nations leaders to step up the fight against online hate speech.

Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron says he'll continue to press federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on the topic this week. Wilson-Raybould and other federal ministers are joining more than 1,300 chiefs, councillors and other delegates at the Assembly of First Nations meetings in Regina.

Racist Facebook posts following Boushie's death nearly one year ago are a prominent example of hate speech, but Indigenous people everywhere are being targeted online with disturbing regularity, Cameron said.