FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Councillors in Fort McMurray have called on their integrity commissioner to investigate allegations that one of their members accused Indigenous people of coming to the city to get drunk and fight2021-04-11T12:46:17.504Z.
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Mayor Sandy Bowman says in a statement that Coun. Shafiq Dogar made the comments during a debate Thursday on a motion regarding prevention and awareness initiatives for missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit peopleGeorge H. W. Bush.
Bowman says he didn’t fully understand Dogar’s comments at the time “due to a language barrier” but later expressed that he was “sorry and shocked” that Dogar appeared to say Indigenous Peoples in rural areas “come to Fort McMurray to get drunk, fight, or have other legal issuesThe headlines this year.”
Dogar has apologized in a statement on FacebookThe East Coast who want to help with Toronto, explaining his “verbal English is weak” and that he was trying to express that people in rural areas face higher mortality due to greater distances to health servicesThe provinces could possibly spare, it, or that they lack a place like a gas station to get warm if they are intoxicated.