Hate­ful let­ter shocks Indige­nous fam­ily in Al­berta

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LEDUC, ALTA. An Indige­nous fam­ily says they are shocked by a hate­ful let­ter telling them to move away — the sec­ond such let­ter in the Ed­mon­ton area in re­cent months.Jimmy Assini­boine, who is 13, told CTV Ed­mon­ton that he read the let­ter and didn’t know what to think.The let­ter, which was left on the fam­ily’s doorstep in Leduc, Alta., on New Year’s Day, says “we see you in your house and you por­tray an In­dian life­style.”It goes on to say, “This is not ac­cepted here,” and sug­gests the fam­ily move out of their neigh­bour­hood.The Assini­boines say it isn’t the first time they have felt un­wel­come, but po­lice have never had any other re­ports.RCMP are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the let­ter.“We were just all shocked. We didn’t know what to do,” said Assini­boine. “I didn’t know peo­ple still did this. My mom was ac­tu­ally in a res­i­den­tial school and I thought they were done with that.”In mid-oc­to­ber, po­lice in the city of St. Al­bert, just north of Ed­mon­ton, in­ves­ti­gated a let­ter left in the Anderson fam­ily’s mail­box that ap­peared to sug­gest harm could come to them if they didn’t leave the neigh­bour­hood.The fam­ily ended up mov­ing. In the case of the Assini­boines, they say they aren’t go­ing any­where and won’t give in to the let­ter’s de­mands.They say the com­mu­nity has been kind and even politi­cians have weighed in.“This let­ter does not rep­re­sent the spirit of our com­mu­nity, which is one of di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion,” said Leduc’s deputy mayor Bill Hamil­ton.“It is im­por­tant to us that this fam­ily feels ac­cepted and sup­ported in our com­mu­nity.”Al­berta’s Min­is­ter of Indige­nous Re­la­tions, Richard Fee­han, has also thanked the Assini­boines for their courage and strength.“This hap­pens in Al­berta,” he wrote on so­cial me­dia.“But just be­cause this hap­pens doesn’t mean we need to ac­cept it.“Let’s be true neigh­bours. Let’s speak up. There’s no ex­cuse for such cow­ardly be­hav­iour.”

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