Alberta Wildfire Turned Racial
Original Air Date:
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The massive September 2012 wildfire in southern Alberta is sparking controversy in the Lethbridge region, revealing racist attitudes toward local aboriginal communities.
Police suspect the fire started when high winds took down a power line in the northwest corner of the Blood Reserve. However, in the wake of another massive grassfire in November 2011, comments posted on social media blame residents of the Blood Tribe.
Why do such attitudes persist in Alberta? How are local residents responding?
We speak with Yale Belanger, Associate Professor in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Lethbridge.
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