A local group seeking justice for Abdirahman Abdi, a Somali man who died after a police confrontation last summer, says it is “outraged” by the Ottawa Police Service’s handling of an Inuit woman’s suspicious death and a scandal that has reignited accusations of racism within the force.
A Facebook account linked to Sgt. Chris Hrnchiar added comments under an Ottawa Citizen article on the discovery of Annie Pootoogook’s body in the Rideau River on Sept. 19.
Pootoogook, 46, was a renowned artist whose drawings chronicling modern indigenous life gave her international recognition and praise, including a $50,000 Sobey Art Award in 2006 and a review in the New York Times which called her work “disconcertingly autobiographical.”
The controversial online comments, which have since been deleted, said her death “has nothing to do with missing or murdered Aboriginal women” and said that “much of the Aboriginal population in Canada is just satisfied being alcohol or drug abusers.”
In light of the social media posts, Ottawa police confirmed an officer was now the subject of an internal investigation brought on by a complaint from Chief Charles Bordeleau. Police have not publicly named the officer.
The Justice for Abdirahman Abdi Coalition released a statement Thursday strongly condemning the comments, saying they “betray an utter lack of respect or acknowledgement for the struggles of Indigenous people.”
“The fact that an Indigenous woman found dead in a river, especially in light of the ongoing national tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women, was declared at first not to be suspicious is astounding,” the group said in the statement.
Hey peeps! I’ll be selling my stuff in a couple of weeks at the Ottawa Geek Market! Tickets are only $5!!! I’ll have prints, stickers (Dan & Phil), buttons, and I’ll be doing commissions and caricatures. Come stop by if you’re in town!
Also, along with commissions, the caricature products are available to anyone anywhere!
I’m also going to hopefully be getting a store other than RedBubble up soon.
SO HOW COME THE CONSERVATIVES GET IN? HOW COME THEY’VE BEEN IN POWER FOR THE PAST EIGHT BILLION YEARS DEAR LORD?
VOTER TURN OUT
LOOK AT THAT!!!!
LOOK AT FREAKING US!!
The only reason they win is because OLD PEOPLE SHOW UP TO VOTE.
OLD PEOPLE KNOW THEIR RIGHTS AND THEY FREAKING STAND UP FOR THEM
THEY GO OUT THERE AND THE PUT A BALLOT IN A FREAKING BOX
AND THAT’S WHY THEY ARE CONTROLLING OUR COUNTRY EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE IN THEIR SENIOR YEARS AND WE ARE THE ONES ENTERING THE WORKFORCE AND SUFFERING UNDER A BAD ECONOMY AND WE ARE THE ONES WHO ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE FUTURE WE ARE THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE AND WE HAVE NO FREAKIN SAY BECAUSE WE
above in Helsinki, 27 June — Helsinki Pride Day. (Also on 27 June 2015,
the U.S. Supreme Court guaranteed the right to same-sex marriage in all
fifty states. “Today,” said Pres. Obama, “we can say, in no uncertain
terms, that we have made our union a little more perfect.”) || #LoveWins
There weren’t many words, everyone knew why they were there. Everyone shared the same pain, everyone felt it. The whole community felt it, not just Ottawa. Then we stood there in solidarity. Then there was love, there were hugs. There were people showing off their true colours, standing for orlando.