Former First Nations Leader Fined for Anti-Semitism

July 9, 2005

Source: BBC News

On July 9, 2005 BBC News reported, "A prominent aboriginal figure in Canada has been found guilty of hate crimes, after making anti-Semitic remarks. David Ahenakew is a former leader of Canada's national native organisation, the Assembly of First Nations. Two years ago told a newspaper reporter that 'Jews were a disease that needed to be cleaned up'. Ahenakew, 71, has been fined 1000 Canadian dollars (£471). He rejected the ruling, and said it demonstrated a bias against native people in Canada's court system. He called the charges ridiculous and said he will appeal against the Saskatchewan's court decision. 'I do not mean to trivialise the aura of the Holocaust and the pain of what happened to the Jewish people in Germany and elsewhere,' he said. 'However, Canadians also need to honestly discuss the cultural genocide perpetuated on the First Nations people in this country,' he said, the AFP news agency reported."