So, the social media world, aka the modern day Indian Telegraph has gone crazy. Everyone is talking about how Justin Beiber in an interview with Rolling Stone inaccurately referenced the benefits of being “Indian..or Inuit or something”
Now before we all get upset “or something” lets take a look at the OPPORTUNITY this presents.
Justin Beiber, whether we like him or not, is one of the biggest pop stars in the world. He is a household name, the King of Twitter followers and obviously enough of a mainstream media darling to land himself on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.
Now, if Justin Bieber is Aboriginal (and the definition of that, according to Canada is someone of First Nations, Metis or Inuit descent) then this is an opportunity for Aboriginal leadership to publicly educate Bieber, and in turn, all of his millions of followers around the world. If Justin Bieber is NOT Aboriginal…the same info applies.
MC Idea: I think our National Chief, currently Shawn Atleo, should take to the media waves and invite Justin Bieber to come andsit with the AFN National Chief and be educated by First Nations individuals themselves about the beauty and history of our nation.
This is not a time for us to be stamping our feet, wringing our fists and saying “oh poor us, how could Bieber do us like this?” This is not a time to be saying “JB is stupid”. He is an 18 year old dude that is a product of a poor education. Sounds like an attitude I see in other Canadians too. Those of us who are First Nations, know that because of our status we do not get free gas. We know this is not a good representation of our nations. But it reminds me of the importance of when Wab Kinew recorded the promo for his appearance on The Strombo show on CBC that addressed some stereotypes about Native folks. This is an OPPORTUNITY for individuals in the AFN, Truth and Reconciliation Commission ,Native Women’s Association of Canada and ITK –Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami – Canada’s National Inuit Organization.
Please, help me send a message to the AFN and to other Native Leaders that we can seize this opportunity to educate Bieber, and his entire following on the importance of knowing whose land we are on in Turtle Island (North America) and create an opportunity to address this issue in the most meaningful way possible.
“The best response to ignorance is education”
PS – I know its offensive. I think its offensive all over, especially the fact that he is wearing a Blackhawks cap, which is a modern day native appropriation, using our Indigenous features as a mascot.