Nanaimo Daily News apologizes after racially-charged letter to the editor angers First Nations
THE CANADIAN PRESSMARCH 28, 2013
Protest in front of the Nanaimo Daily News offices on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
Photograph by: Twitter photo, .NANAIMO, B.C. - A Vancouver Island daily newspaper is apologizing for running a letter to the editor that has angered First Nations.
In an editorial clarification, Nanaimo Daily News publisher Hugh Nicholson apologized for any distress the letter may have caused since its Wednesday publication.
Nicholson says the letter should not have run, and its views were those of the writer, not the paper.
The letter is titled "Educate First Nations to be modern citizens" and it bluntly questions First Nations achievements and their place in Canada.
The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, an organization that represents about 8,000 registered members, says it will cut ties with the newspaper and will no longer print its own publication, Ha-Shilth-Sa, on the Nanaimo presses.
Nanaimo's mayor, First Nations leaders and about 150 other people joined a protest against the letter's publication outside the newspaper's office on Thursday afternoon. (The Canadian Press/CKWV)
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Nanaimo Mayor John Ruttan, shown here in a file photo, joined First Nations leaders and about 150 other people in protest against the publication of a racially-charged letter to the editor outside the Nanaimo Daily News's office on Thursday afternoon.
Photograph by: Chris Koehn, Nanaimo Daily News
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