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Canadian public health expert Carrie Bourassa has been exposed as non-Native American and lost her job because of it.
Actually, Bourassa is losing her job because she lied about being Native American. She said she was. She’s not.
As the New York Post wrote, you can just call her, “Sitting Bulls**t.”
Bourassa, whose official title is scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health, is mostly an absolute fraud, someone who deceived her way to a position of gain.
“It makes you feel a bit sick,” said Janet Smylie, a Métis professor at the University of Toronto who worked with Bourassa on a book about indigenous parenting, via the Post.
“To have an impostor who is speaking on behalf of Métis and indigenous people to the country about literally what it means to be Métis … that’s very disturbing and upsetting and harmful.”
Bourassa was suspended on Nov. 1 following a lengthy expose of her background that was published Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
There’s more. Per the Post …
It started to unravel in 2019, when she appeared in full tribal regalia — draped in an electric blue shawl, with a feather in her partially braided hair — to give a TEDx Talk at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.
“My name is Morning Star Bear,” she said tearfully as the crowd cheered.
“I’m Bear Clan. I’m Anishinaabe Métis from Treaty Four Territory,” she proclaimed as she described an impoverished childhood beset by violence.
Lying for sympathy, for gain, for fame. Sadly, she’s not the first as the Post noted. And she almost certainly won’t be the last.
“The case is drawing comparisons to that of Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who claimed to be black as president of a local branch of the NAACP — and to Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who claimed Native American ancestry on the strength of family lore and her ‘high cheekbones,'” the Post wrote.