The Chiefs of the Blackfoot Confederacy have been offended by the front page news headline “PEACE PIPES” in the Calgary Sun newspaper Feb.5/2016. The term “PEACE PIPES” is associated with a sacred ceremony performed by the Blackfoot dating back centuries and continues today. The article it refers to concerning “Ongoing negotiations for an eastbound pipeline by Mayors of a number of cities and federal and provincial government” makes no mention of First Nations. Using the term “PEACE PIPES” as a news heading appears to be racist , it is a classic case of stereotyping and it displays a blatant disregard for First Nation culture and sacred traditions. Using a sacred tradition as a gimmick is deemed inappropriate and is offensive to the Blackfoot people. “I find it hard to understand why a statement like that could be in anyway relevant to the story that was written” stated Chief Charles Weasel Head, of the Blood Tribe and continues to say “I find racist and offensive.” The other Blackfoot Chief from the Piikani and Siksika Nations had similar reactions to the blaring headline. This is not the first time that the Calgary Sun has drawn the attention of First Nations over offensive content in their newspaper.
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