Inuk singer says Face­book sus­pended her ac­count over seal fur photo

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

WIN­NIPEG — Award-win­ning Cana­dian singer Tanya Ta­gaq says she has been tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended from Face­book be­cause of a photo of seal fur. Ta­gaq, who is from Nu­navut, says her ac­count has been blocked for 24 hours af­ter she shared a friend’s photo of a young man wear­ing a seal­skin coat. The post also called on peo­ple to eat and wear seal in sup­port of the Inuit way of life. The woman who made the coat, Ho­vak John­ston of Yel­lowknife, says Inuit use ev­ery part of the seal and fur would be dis­carded if not used in coats. Face­book’s me­dia re­la­tions of­fice said it was un­aware of Ta­gaq’s com­plaint and was in­ves­ti­gat­ing. Ta­gaq says many peo­ple in the Arc­tic live in poverty, and an­ti­seal­ing ac­tivists are crit­i­ciz­ing an im­por­tant and sus­tain­able liveli­hood.

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