A Tribe Called Red sup­ports CMHR ‘from a dis­tance’

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

A TRIBE Called Red has is­sued an of­fi­cial state­ment about its decision to pull out of Satur­day night’s Con­cert for Hu­man Rights as part of the Cana­dian Mu­seum for Hu­man Rights open­ing week­end. “Hu­man rights are great for so­ci­ety. We ap­pre­ci­ate the work the mu­seum has been do­ing to bring at­ten­tion to global is­sues. Un­for­tu­nately, we feel it was nec­es­sary to can­cel our per­for­mance be­cause of the mu­seum’s mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion and down­play of the geno­cide that was ex­pe­ri­enced by in­dige­nous peo­ple in Canada by re­fus­ing to name it geno­cide. Un­til this is rec­ti­fied, we’ll support the mu­seum from a dis­tance,” reads the state­ment from the band. The band was not avail­able for in­ter­views. The CMHR is­sued a press re­lease late Thurs­day night con­firm­ing that the Juno-win­ning Ot­tawa act would not be per­form­ing as part of Satur­day night’s Con­cert for Hu­man Rights, over “con­cern around the way in­dige­nous is­sues are pre­sented in the mu­seum.” The state­ment went on to say, “We know that build­ing di­a­logue and earn­ing trust is a long-term process, and we hope this will again be an op­por­tu­nity for re­spect­ful con­ver­sa­tion on is­sues that his­tor­i­cally haven’t been easy to talk about.” CMHR of­fi­cials said that they ex­tended an in­vite to the mem­bers A Tribe Called Red to tour the mu­seum at its con­ve­nience so it could see “the full breadth of ex­hibit con­tent ded­i­cated to in­dige­nous per­spec­tives and is­sues.”

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