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Inuit artists call Elizabeth May ‘hypocritical’ for touting Indigenous rights but opposing seal hunt – CBC

Green Party leader says Inuit-harvested sealskins should be labelled

Oct 18, 2019

Two prominent Inuit artists say Green Party leader Elizabeth May is being “hypocritical” by claiming to support Indigenous rights while also opposing the commercial seal trade.

Inuk musician Tanya Tagaq and Inuk filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril say May’s opposition to the commercial seal trade hurts Inuit communities who depend on the pelts for much needed revenue.

“If you are going to be an advocate for environmentalism, I think the worst way to do that is to believe in the propaganda machine that prevents Indigenous people from living and surviving and corners them into non-renewable resource development,” said Tagaq, a Juno and Polaris Prize-winning musician.

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