Nanaimo Daily News: Issue a front-page retraction and apology, taking full accountability.
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Nanaimo Daily News: Issue a front-page retraction and apology, taking full accountability.

    1. Andrew Kerr
    2. Petition by

      Andrew Kerr

      Victoria, Canada

The Nanaimo Daily News has repeatedly printed racist letters against Indigenous peoples. The latest letter printed has been met with an outcry from the public against their continued willingness to unapologetically print racist views against Indigenous peoples.

By publishing Don Olsen's racist editorial, the Nanaimo Daily News has given voice to a form of racist ideology usually reserved in this day and age for fringe websites.

The Nanaimo Daily News needs to be held accountable to ethical publishing standards concerning racism and openly anti-Indigenous attacks.

The current apology by the paper is one which does not take full accountability for the act of publishing this hate speech. They said:
"While we would defend Mr. Olsen's right to hold and express his opinion, the sentiments expressed were entirely his own and in no way reflect the views of the newspaper."
This apology is not acceptable. We demand the Nanaimo Daily News take accountability for its actions of publishing this racist editorial.

UPDATE: I have had a request for a link to the original editorial by Don Olsen. While it has been (thankfully) taken down from the site, it's next is posted in a Huffington Post article. I do not want to exactly spread the racist message constant throughout it, but it may help people understand the gravity of the situation. Here is the Huffington Post article, the text of the editorial is at the bottom:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/28/racist-nanaimo-daily-news-first-nations-letter_n_2971956.html

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    • Scott Paul Sands TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      This is extremely for many reasons, and all are true to being a human-being. What they have done here is just another cowardly act that ppl such as these have been doing for years. They hide behind their computers, or the News paper which 100% biased ..

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    • kim soogoodtrack NEW WESTMINSTER, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      Overt racism is ugly...why feed hatred? Shame..shame...

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    • Kelly Roulette VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      because racism is not tolerable.

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    • Brianna Dooks NANAIMO, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      Racism is never okay.

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    • Cameron Wigmore NANAIMO, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      This article is unethical, immoral, ignorant, racist, biased, and very hateful. The person who wrote it was uneducated and the information in the article is misinformation. It is discriminatory, and racist, and arguably illegal.

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