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Elder disappointed no consequences for woman accused of racist Facebook posts – CBC

by ahnationtalk on July 30, 202025 Views

Samantha Markham didn’t participate in other court diversion programs after dropping out of mediation circles

Jul 30, 2020

A First Nations elder who led mediation circles after a social media post called for violence against Indigenous people says she is disappointed one of three women arrested has not faced consequences.

“We do not accept racism,” said Irene Young.

Young does restorative justice programming through Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, a group that represents northern First Nations in the province. She expressed concern that one of the women appears to have skirted repercussions by refusing to participate in mediation and by the clock running out on the Crown to lay formal charges.

RCMP arrested the women for uttering threats and public incitement of hatred in relation to a Facebook post about a vandalized car in Flin Flon, Man., in July 2018. The post proposed a “shoot a Indian day” in retaliation. Responses suggested a “24-hour purge” and “Let’s grab a Budweiser and some shot guns.”

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