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How much is racism against First Nations tolerated in British Columbia?

Peace River MLA Pat Pimm has apologized for comments he made about First Nations two years ago in an email. (CBC)

Leaked emails from a B.C. government MLA have raised some eyebrows over comments about giving money to "Indians" who don't vote. 

In a July 2012 email obtained by the Globe and Mail, Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm wrote, "here is an opportunity to actually muster up some support for our team, but instead we will ignore it and go out and find some ways to give the Indians more money, which doesn't' get me one vote!"

Pimm has apologized, but critics are calling for more because of what they view as racism contained in the remarks.

We speak to UBC professor of anthropology Charles Menzies about what this incident says about the relationship between First Nations and the rest of British Columbia.

"Why do we still have these ideas?" he asks. "Why do they still bubble up so easily when people are not thinking about and not trying to self-censor?"

Listen to the full interview below:

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